The Tico keeper showed a top level during the match on Wednesday against FC Barcelona for the first leg of the Copa del Rey; his performance can make all of Costa Rica proud.
Barcelona and Real Madrid staged a screaming duel on Wednesday night at Camp Nou, in the framework of the first leg Cup Semifinals. One of the main actors in this confrontation was Keylor Navas, who gave a different direction to the duel with his performance against the bitter rival.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper was inspired tonight in foreign field and stole lights in several lapses of the game. His role against FC Barcelona was vital in the final 1-1 draw, and we review his performance after 90 minutes.
He took at least three shots on goal that almost the Blaugrana fans scream at Camp Nou (there were six shots to his net). He also had a hand in hand against Malcolm that he won boldly, and he took a shot from Luis Suarez with one hand that left everyone at the Stadium speechless.
On point passes
The sum was 13 successful passes during the game. Despite the conceded goal, today Keylor Navas was equivalent of security and confidence under the box.
There were 15 occasions in which Keylor recovered the ball in favor of the "Whites"; This ended in variations by air, land or hand clearing towards the offensive.
The handling of pressure
Of the 100% of the shares with the ball, 16.94% occurred in Keylor area. Barcelona pressed the accelerator with moves of constant danger (centers, shots in and out of the area), but the goalie remained strong.
Ramos and Varane, the players Keylor sent more passes too
Something important in the development of Keylor Navas is the connection with his teammates; In total, there were seven Real Madrid players who were linked with at least one pass and were distributed as follows: Carvajal, 1 pass; Sergio Ramos, 7 passes; Raphael Varane, 7 passes; Marcelo, 7 passes; Toni Kroos, 3 passes; Karim Benzema, 1 pass; Lucas Vázquez, 1 pass.
In this way, Navas raises his hand to be considered in the league. It clings to an internal competition that, until now, is led by Thibaut Courtois.