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19/09/2021

This World Cup has been lit up by some great goalkeeping

This World Cup has been lit up by some great goalkeeping
The World Cup has been utterly superb but more than most, it has been a great tournament for goalkeepers. Guillermo Ochoa could not quite do enough to keep Mexico in the competition on Sunday, but Keylor Navas was the crucial man in Costa Rica’s progression to the last eight. A stunning save from Dimitris Salpingidis from the only clear-cut chance of the first half was just the start.

The World Cup has been utterly superb but more than most, it has been a great tournament for goalkeepers. Guillermo Ochoa could not quite do enough to keep Mexico in the competition on Sunday, but Keylor Navas was the crucial man in Costa Rica’s progression to the last eight. A stunning save from Dimitris Salpingidis from the only clear-cut chance of the first half was just the start.

Two minutes after Greece’s injury-time equaliser, he did superbly to claw away Kostas Mitroglou’s goal bound header and then in the 122nd minute his hip was in the right place as the Fulham striker almost pinched the win. He saved (ahem) the best until last, producing a fantastic reflex stop to claw away Theo Gekas’s penalty. Holland will be favourites in the quarter-final, but they will have to get past perhaps the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

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