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Throwback Thursday: Gregory Coupet With Arguably The Best Save Of All-Time

Throwback Thursday: Gregory Coupet With Arguably The Best Save Of All-Time

After Joe Hart came to the rescue for England on Tuesday with an unbelievable save to ensure the Three Lions left Slovenia with a point, there was a bit of a debate online about whether Hart's stop was the greatest of all-time.

We've capitalised and present with you arguably the greatest save of all-time.

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In 2001 at the Nou Camp, Lyon played against the mighty Barcelona - with the Catalan side cruising to a 2-0 win. However the game is best known for a truly incredible double save produced by Frenchman Gregory Coupet.

Coupet improvised expertly to save with his head after his defender's lobbed backpass went mightily close to ending up in the back of the net. It was a wonderful blend of skill and instinct to head the ball onto the crossbar.

Yet the goalkeeper wasn't finished there and made a second save that was equally as impressive when he made an exceptional stop with his right hand to keep out Rivaldo's header on the rebound.

Relive that memorable save with the following clip:


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The very best goalkeeper have this incredible knack of reacting instantly and that was on display in abundance here, where Coupet made one fine save and jumped back up on his feet to make a wonderful second stop.

I just don't think you will ever find a better save when you put it all together. A double-save mere seconds apart, in the Nou Camp, with one of the saves coming against one of the finest players ever to grace a football pitch. It's goalkeeping perfection.

Is Coupet's stop the greatest of all-time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

And that is today's throwback thursday folks.

Topics: Rivaldo, Barcelona, Lyon

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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