Keylor Navas heroics helps PSG hold out defending champions Bayern Munich

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PSG emerged victorious in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Bayern Munich.

PSG ended Bayern Munich‘s winning streak in the Champions League after beating them 3-2 in the first leg of the quarter-finals.

The odds were stacked up against Les Parisiens, yet they managed to outsmart the defending champions in a thrilling encounter.

Kylian Mbappe grabbed the headlines after scoring a match-winning brace, while Neymar also received plaudits for his two assists.

Paris-Saint Germain goalkeeper Keylor Navas is one of the underrated goalkeepers in World football. The Costa Rica goalie had a brilliant outing to thwart the dominant force of Bayern.

Rock Solid Keylor Navas

It has been widely reported that PSG score 3 goals in 6 shots taken during the match, but Bayern Munich could score only twice in their 31 attempts during the outing.

But you can get the real context if you see among those shots taken, 5 and 12 were on target for Paris and Munich team respectively. The former Real Madrid shot-stopper made 10 saves to thwart Bayern’s attack, and his heroics made a real difference in the end.

Navas enjoyed much success with Los Blancos – winning a La Liga title and three consecutive Champions League trophies; however, he was shockingly overlooked by the Spanish capital club since the arrival of Thibaut Courtois, who soon became the first-choice keeper.

However, PSG benefited highly from Alphonse Areola and Navas’ swap deal, with the latter one creating an immediate impact at Parc Des Princes.

In his first season at the French capital, the Costa Rican shot-stopper produced a string of impressive displays, which led PSG to another Ligue 1 title as well as ending as the runners up in the Champions League during last season.

This season, Navas has continued his fine form, especially in the Champions League, where he produced a mammoth display against Barcelona in the round of 16 home leg, making some vital saves, including a penalty save of Lionel Messi.

Last night, while Manuel Neuer, arguably the world’s best keeper at the moment, failed at one end whereas Navas stood tall with a fine display.


30 minutes played: 
Bayern: 12 shots, 0 goals 
PSG: 2 shots, 2 goals 

90 minutes played: 
Bayern: 31 shots, 2 goals 
PSG: 6 shots, 3 goals
12 shots were on target
Keylor Navas' last two Champions League games: 
◎ 9 saves vs. Barcelona 
◉ 9 saves vs. Bayern 
And he's still got 30 minutes to play tonight.
Keylor Navas vs. Bayern Munich: 
10 saves 
7 saves from inside the box 
2 goals conceded 
A huge performance between the sticks.