Friday, May 7, 2010

World Cup greatest moments - the save of the century by Gordon Banks

During the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, 2 times world champion Brazil was in the same group with the then reigning world champion - England who won the world cup in the previous tournament in 1966.

The "Clash of the Champions" between Brazil and England lived up to all expectations.

The match is always best remembered for the great and legendary Brazilian striker - Pelé near-miss. His powerful close-range downward header was kept out by an amazing save from England goalkeeper - Gordon Banks, who somehow managed to get down to the ball and flick it upwards and over the bar. The save "stopped the world" and till now Pele still remembers the save of the century and still could not understand why the sure goal, managed to be saved by Gordon Banks!!! Other goalkeepers in the world would have been beaten!!!!

In the end, a single Jairzinho goal was enough to win the game for Brazil. However England too advanced to the next around before being beaten 2-3 by Germany in the quarterfinal.

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