Navas, almost single-handedly, carries Costa Rica to quarters

  • AP, Recife, Brazil
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  • Updated: Jun 30, 2014 09:08 IST

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas makes a save during the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 game against Greece at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife, Brazil. (Reuters Photo)


When Costa Rica sealed their first berth in the World Cup quarter-finals, the celebrating Ticos sprinted straight for Keylor Navas and mobbed him in celebration.

Michael Umana had driven home the penalty kick that clinched the 5-3 shootout victory over Greece, but he didn't seem to mind that his teammates streamed right past him.

It was Navas, after all, who made a slew of spectacular saves of blistering shots and point-blank deflections during regulation and extra time, forcing the shootout in which he made the only save, diving right to swat away Theofanis Gekas' attempt.

It was the latest chapter in a remarkable stint for Navas, who has two clean sheets in this World Cup and recently enjoyed one of the best seasons of any goalkeeper in Spain's La Liga with Levante.

 

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