Keylor Navas once again came up huge for Real Madrid. Antoine Griezmann should have done his homework and known not to go to Navas’ left. Ruben Castro for Real Betis had previously tried that against Navas and had the same result as Griezmann.
In the game against Real Betis though, the stakes were a lot lower. Madrid was at home and already had a 5-0 lead. All the save did in that game was ensure the shutout for Madrid, but they had already won the match.
Against Atletico, it was a much bigger save. The game was at the Vicente Calderon, so Real was away. They were also leading 1-0 at the time of the penalty. Atletico ended up scoring a late goal in the game so if Griezmann would have also converted on this penalty, Atletico would have won 2-1. Which would have been great for Atletico fans and disastrous for Real considering Barcelona had lost to Sevilla the day before.
So this match was a chance for Real to extend their lead over Barcelona, and while they were only able to do so by a point, had Navas not made this huge save, they wouldn’t have even earned the one point.
And every point in La Liga race is crucial – especially if that one point comes on the road at Atletico. Atletico is a strong team and not many clubs will even earn a draw at the Calderon this season.
But while this save was huge for Navas and Real, it was terrible for Atletico. You have to do better Griezmann. It is a great shot and a great save, but you don’t have many opportunities against Real to score goals. When you are gifted a penalty, you have to convert.
And while no team should be upset about a draw to Real Madrid, Atletico isn’t intimidated by Real and surely knows that they should have come away from that game with three points and not just one.
Above video courtesy of youtuber RLDeejay. Great video. I love that it ends with a shriek/groan by Atleti fans. Just a bummer.
Here is the save by Navas against Real Betis by youtuber jarc0417. Great angle and solid video.
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