Ranked! 11 of the most remarkable saves that even David de Gea would be proud of
3. Craig Gordon, Sunderland 1-0 Bolton (Premier League, 2010)
I managed to flick it upwards and get a bit of spin on it as well which somehow managed to get the ball over the bar
Sunderland stopper Gordon became the most expensive British goalkeeper when he joined the Black Cats for £9m in 2007. He didn't quite live up to expectations at the Stadium of Light, but this point-blank, one-handed stop from Zat Knight was rightly awarded 'Best Save' in the Premier League's 20 Season Awards in 2012.
"At the time, I didn't really know how I managed to keep the ball out and turn it over the bar," he said. "I managed to flick it upwards and get a bit of spin on it as well which somehow managed to get the ball over the bar.”
2. Gregory Coupet, Barcelona 2-0 Lyon (Champions League, 2001)
This was a double save made with such astonishing speed of thought and movement that Barcelona's players could be forgiven for almost wheeling away in celebration
This was a double save made with such astonishing speed of thought and movement that Barcelona's players could be forgiven for wheeling away in celebration.
After a backpass under pressure went wrong, Coupet was forced to fling himself backwards and head the ball onto his own crossbar to avoid the forfeit of a free-kick. The Lyon keeper then recovered in time to make a remarkable diving save from Rivaldo's follow-up header.
David James was in raptures on commentary: "For me it's the best save because it involves so many different components. Personally I was buzzing off it just watching the replay.”
Coupet prevents an own goal and then repels Rivaldo
1. Gordon Banks, England 0-1 Brazil (World Cup, 1970)
Gordon Banks hasn’t had to buy a drink for the last 46 years. That’s what happens when you keep out the world’s best player with a save that redefined what was possible for goalkeepers.
Pele leapt to meet Jairzinho's right-wing cross with a firm, downward header which seemed destined for the back of the net. Banks had other ideas.
"I noticed in shooting sessions that sometimes the ball would kick up a bit more off its first bounce and come up higher than normal”, the former Stoke and Leicester man commented later. "It was this that helped me make the save as I was able to anticipate that it was going to bounce up and it meant I could flick it over."
Banks doesn’t even rate the save as his personal best, though, placing a penalty stop from Geoff Hurst in the 1972 League Cup semi-final against West Ham above it. Most goalkeepers could only dream of making one half as good as either.