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Banks Saves From Pele

Updated: Wednesday, 02 Jun 2010 15:23

Gordon Banks' miraculous save from Pele
Gordon Banks' miraculous save from Pele

Defending champions England were handed a tough group in the 1970 World Cup against Czechoslovakia, Romania and tournament favourites Brazil.

The Brazilians and the English both won their opening fixtures, setting up a crunch game between the two teams. Brazil started brightly, and their early dominance saw them carve out a great chance after ten minutes.

Jairzinho scampered down the right wing and floated in a cross that was met by Pele, whose bullet header sent the ball hurtling towards the bottom right corner of the net.

Pele turned away to celebrate a fine goal, but England goalkeeper Gordan Banks dived low to his right and amazingly managed to flick the ball up and over the goal to make a memorable save, even if it was is vain as Brazil went on to win 1-0.