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Keylor Navas debate continues after disaster with Costa Rica

The Real Madrid goalkeeper's mistake against Mexico was similar to his slip-up against Betis, and comes on the back of a run of errors and a slump in his statistics
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Navas slips up against Mexico

Keylor Navas, Real Madrid's current goalkeeper, was the protagonist of the game between Mexico and Costa Rica, but unfortunately not a string of good saves, but for another catastophic error...

Navas blunder against Mexcio

"Navas can't... The Madrid keeper comes, stutters and when he goes back he can't catch the ball, he sits on it and it slips into the net". That's how Azteca Deportes commentated the mistake from Navas to give Mexico their second goal of the game. The Madrid goalie wasn't sure whether to come for a cross from the left, allowing Araujo at the back post to nod the ball downwards, and under a stumbling, slipping backwards Navas, who looked utterly discombobulated. It would have painfully reminded Real Madrid fans of the goal scored by Betis on 12 March. (That mistake coming just after the keeper should have been sent off for taking down Brasanac as the last man). 

Navas bemoans his fate against Betis
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Navas bemoans his fate against Betis

 Keylor consistently making mistakes

Since he came back from injury on 27 September against Dortmund, where he failed to clear a ball that ended up in the back of the net, Keylor has been consistent in one department: his mistakes. To add to the goals from Dortmund and Betis are those from Insigne in the Bernabéu, along with Jovetic's 92nd minute goal in the Sánchez Pizjuán.

Navas got his hand to this shot but couldn't stop it.
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Navas got his hand to this shot but couldn't stop it.

Navas stat slump from last season

Keylor Navas' statistics this season are less than impressive. In the 29 games he's played he's conceded 35 goals, at a rate of 1.2 goals per game, and has only managed five clean sheets. Last season he had an average of 0.7 goals per match and recorded 22 clean sheets, from his 45 goals.

Real Madrid looking at goalkeepers

This latest blunder, against Mexico, has added fuel to the fire of those in Madrid who are calling for a new keeper for the 2017-18 season. Manchester United's De Gea is supposedly still the favourite in the Bernabéu, despite fax-gate, though there are many who would prefer to see Chelsea's Courtois between the sticks at the Bernabéu...



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