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10 Outstanding Goalkeeper Double Saves

By Chris Wright

With a doff of the cap to Mr Abbiati’s exertions last night, here’s ten more fine, flying, clawing, sprawling goalkeeping double saves to feast your peepers uponst…

1. Jim Montgomery, SUNDERLAND vs Leeds

Regarded by gentlemanly scholars as the greatest double save to have ever graced the game, so a fitting place to start. Coming during Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final, Montgomery pounces to foil first Trevor Cherry then Peter Lorimer and preserve his sides’ fragile lead…

2. Gregory Coupet, Barcelona vs LYON

After flinging himself headlong to keep a looping pass-back from his centre-half out of the net with his head, Coupet somehow also manages to save Rivaldo’s follow-up into the bargain…

3. Chris Tardiff, OXFORD UNITED vs Shrewsbury Town

Point blank…

4. Edwin van der Sar, Chelsea vs MANCHESTER UNITED

Techincally a triple save, Van der Sar foils Chelsea not once, not twice, but thrice – and all without getting up off his backside…

5. Tim Wiese, Eintracht Frankfurt vs WERDER BREMEN, 2010

Who’s this Wiese guy, eh?

6. Fernando Muslera, Argentina vs URUGUAY

Behold, the importance of making oneself ‘big’…

7. Jerzy Dudek, AC Milan vs LIVERPOOL

The Champions League final in 2005 was unequivocally Dudek’s finest night’s work in a Liverpool shirt. After Liverpool had pulled themselves back from the brink to level the score at 3-3, the Pole pulled of an incredible, instinctive double save to deny Andriy Shevchenko from nabbing a late winner. Dudek then gave Shevchenko the old ‘Grobelaar wobbly legs’ in the shoot-out and saved his sudden death penalty too, thus winning Liverpool the big one…

8. Julio Cesar, INTER MILAN vs Roma

Another triple-whammy…

9. Wojciech Sczszesny, Liverpool vs ARSENAL

Yes, Deadly Dirk’s rebound effort was naff, but Szczczzzzszccczzzesny still had a lot of ground to make up…

10. Victor Valdes – BARCELONA vs Villarreal

Having deflected Giuseppe Rossi’s one-on-one effort onto the crossbar, Valdes miraculously manages to get back on his feet and claw the rebound away from the Italian forward on the line with the goal yawning in front of him…

Any we’ve missed (there are a few we couldn’t find videos of; Peter Schmeichel vs Barcelona, Shay Given vs Tottenham, Jussi Jaaskelainen vs can’t quite remember), give us a nudge…

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By Chris on March 7th, 2012 in Featured, Top 10s & lists, Videos. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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23 Responses to “10 Outstanding Goalkeeper Double Saves”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Brad Friedel (Blackburn) Vs Arsenal. Big Bad Brad at his best

  2. Seb Cerami says:

    How is dudeks not number one!!

    It was in extra time of the Champions League final!!

    • Chris says:

      @Seb: They’re not really in any particular order – just 10 (should that be 22?) great saves for you ‘orrible lot to enjoy.

  3. Gerry says:

    It’s Tim Wiese not Tim Weise. He just made an appearance for the german national team vs. France. And he wasn’t the one to blame for the defeat. btw, his contract is expiring by the end of the season

  4. Brad says:

    Can’t find the link but i recall peter schmeichel making a tripple save which included one of his famous star jump spread body saves.

  5. Ian says:

    Lukasz Fabianski Teriffic double save. Arsenal Vs Wigan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX6wHV9CDmA

  6. RFenna says:

    Neville Southall!

    Take your pick!

    Come on Pies!!!!!!

  7. Foran44 says:

    I still don’t know how Dudek made that second save…

  8. Tom Jones says:

    @ Foran44 Schevchenko shot right at him. It was more luck than good goalkeeping.

  9. paulo says:

    @tom jones…..man u fan by any chance???? shot straight at him……you my friend are a gimp of the highest order

  10. Jeff says:

    Might not be the most acrobatic of saves, but a quadruple save by Kasey Keller in his last home game with Seattle Sounders FC last year was pretty good. Thoughts?
    http://youtu.be/chmd18ZhEhw

  11. WildScotsman6 says:

    I wish I could remember who it was against but Tim Howard made this diving effort to push one away from the top left corner, then ran over and dived into the top right to stop it again. Incredible! … can’t find it anywhere tho… so it prolly didn’t happen…

  12. Edwardo says:

    Iker Casillas vs Sevilla in La Liga a few seasons ago?

  13. bluemoon says:

    Arni Arason Man City vs Tottenham. The infamous 4-3 Fa Cup comeback with 10 men.

  14. AnttiNiemi says:

    *ahem*

    1:58 (only link i could find)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxH55gBWda4

  15. anon1 says:

    @foran44 – im not sure he knows himself.
    @tom jones – shut up you spa, you sound like an idiot. it was a class save. he had to put his hands out so it wasn’t straight at him.

  16. Baby Roy says:

    @anon1 – Dudek did stick a hand out but I doubt he knew much about it. For me Coupet’s was the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch.

  17. Me says:

    Ben Foster… WBA v Blackburn 3-0 in 2012… game-turning save, Prem survival *almost* clinched… well, success is all relative, innit?

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