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Watch: That Gordon Banks save from Pele that was dubbed the 'greatest ever'

Gordon Banks' crowning moment came at the 1970 World Cup, when he made a save from Pele that seemed to defy the laws of physics.
Gordon Banks' crowning moment came at the 1970 World Cup, when he made a save from Pele that seemed to defy the laws of physics.
Gordon Banks' crowning moment came at the 1970 World Cup, when he made a save from Pele that seemed to defy the laws of physics.

His status as an all-time great may have been sealed at the 1966 World Cup, but it was the save Gordon Banks produced to deny Pele four years later which became his defining moment on the international stage.

The goalkeeper's spectacular stop in a group-stage clash with Brazil during England's defence of the trophy in Mexico is widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest save of all time.

Banks, who has died at the age of 81, flung himself to his right and, in a feat which seemed to defy the laws of physics, somehow managed with one hand not only to keep Pele's powerful downward header out, but also flick the ball over the bar.

Watch it right here:

The moment enhanced yet further the reputation of a man who, as an ever present in the triumphant 1966 campaign, made it through to the closing stages of the semi-final before conceding a goal - and even then was only beaten by a penalty from Portugal's Eusebio.

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