• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Keylor Navas moves up in Champions League record book

March 8, 2016

After another inspired performance on Tuesday, Keylor Navas now lays claim to the second longest shutout streak in the 66-year history of Europe’s storied Champions League tournament.

After Real Madrid’s 2-0 win against Roma in the Round of 16 elimination game, the Costa Rican goalie extended his time without conceding a goal to 720 minutes. That mark, which is equivalent to eight games, sits just one place behind Jens Lehmann, who went 853 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal in the annual tournament that pits the continent’s best clubs against each other.

In what has become a recurring theme for Madrid this season, the defense gave ample space to Roma’s forwards Tuesday, often losing their man or getting out-worked for the ball. Luckily, it was again Navas who was there to save the day for Los Merengues.

https://twitter.com/YashinQuesada/status/707321228567011328

Navas made a pair of back-to-back saves in the second period to keep his clean sheet, including a sliding rejection on an attempt by Kostas Manolas in the 56th minute. In the 87th minute, a near-goal by Roma sent towards the bottom corner of goal ricocheted off the hands of a diving Navas. For his effort, Navas should be the favorite to win UEFA’s Man of the Match at the game’s top player.

Madrid got the scoring started in the the 63rd minute when Cristiano Ronaldo scored off an assist from Lucas Vázquez. Ronaldo then came right back just minutes later to assist James Rodríguez on the match’s second goal, giving Madrid a 4-0 advantage in the second of two games against Roma.

With the win, Madrid advances to the quarterfinals where it will resume Champions League play in the first week of April. While Navas and Madrid await to find out who their opponent will be, they get set to return to Spanish La Liga play Las Palmas as they try to make up ground on first-place Barcelona.

You may be interested

Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know
Juan Santamaría Day
5033 views
Juan Santamaría Day
5033 views

Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know

JILL REPLOGLE - April 12, 2021

A version of this story first ran in 2015. Costa Rica feted its first and most-loved national hero, Juan Santamaría, on…

Saprissa equals longest winless streak in 35 years
Soccer
1523 views
Soccer
1523 views

Saprissa equals longest winless streak in 35 years

The Tico Times - April 12, 2021

Deportivo Saprissa drew 1-1 with Pérez Zeledón and reached eight consecutive games without a win in the Clausura 2021 soccer…

Costa Rica relocation/retirement guide book releases its 19th edition
News
8 views
News
8 views

Costa Rica relocation/retirement guide book releases its 19th edition

Tico Times - April 11, 2021

Long time Costa Rica citizen and Tico Times columnist, Christopher Howard, releases the 19th edition of his popular relocation/retirement guide Over…