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VIDEO: Did Sunderland's Craig Gordon Pull Off The Greatest Save Ever Against Bolton?

There may not have been much football around in England on Saturday, but the slim pickings on offer produced one of the greatest saves of the season. If not of all time.

Sunderland edged Bolton 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, with on Loan Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck stealing the headlines with his fifth goal in six games for the Black Cats. Yet Sunderland's victory was only partially secured by Welbeck, as keeper Craig Gordon proved that a wondrous save is just as important as a solitary strike.

With seconds left on the clock at the end of the first half Blolton won a set-play. Martin Petrov curled in a corner from the right, and his cross was headed back into the area by centre-half Gary Cahill. Zat Knight, also up from the back, then stuck out a giant right boot to poke the ball goalwards from three yards. But with the goal gaping and keeper Gordon out of position following the pinball in his box, the Scottish goalie managed to incredibly and instinctively stretch his arm backwards, put it under the ball, and claw the ball out from under the bar.

Craig Gordon's miracle save can be seen below:


Gordon's save was immediately credited as being one of the greatest ever. Which begs the question, what are the competition.

1. Gordon Banks: England v Brazil, World Cup 1970 - The benchmark against which all acts of goalkeeping excellence are now judged. Pele's header from all of 12 yards out was textbook in power and placement, and it looked a nigh-on certainty that it would end up in the net after Banks had been positioned on his opposite post when the initial contact was made. But in a moment that appeared to rewrite the laws of physics, Banks flicked his hand at the ball to spoon it up, up, up and over the bar.

2. Peter Schmeichel: Rapid Vienna v Manchester United, Champions League, 1996 - Substitute Banks for the Great Dane and Pele for the much less glorified Rene Wagner. Again, the ball hurtled down towards the goal-line at bullet speed from a header, and again it looked impossible that the keeper to stop the ball for fulfilling what looked like it's destiny. But Schmeichel refused to play but the laws of probability and the legendary keeper chucked his giant frame at the ball and sensationally turned it up-and-over the bar.

3. David Seaman: Arsenal v Sheffield United, FA Cup semi-final, 2003 - Paul Peschisolido must still wonder how his header didn't cross the line. Fully kitted out with his trademarked tash and ponytail combo, Arsenal hero David Seaman established a life-long go-to moment for the scrapbook when he clawed the Canadian's header off the line with one massive paw.

4. Jim Montgomery: Sunderland v Leeds United, FA Cup final, 1973 - Making a save at the Twin Towers was always something special for a keeper, but Montgomery etched his name into folklore by fooling not only Leeds's legends Trevor Cherry and Peter Lorimer, but also commentator David Coleman as he famously yelped "And a goal! No!" Montgomery arguably made the greatest double save in the history of football.

5. Gregory Coupet: Barcelona v Lyon, Champions League, 1999 - If Montgomery made an amazing double save, Coupet's was equally breathtaking. Perhaps even more amazing if the truth be told. After just two minutes at the Nou Camp the Lyon keeper pulled out one of the all-time great stops as he first acrobatically headed an unintended lob by a defender to his own crossbar, and then immediately parried a close header by the arriving Barcelona striker Rivaldo. Ridiculous really.

6. Iker Casillas: Sevilla v Real Madrid, La Liga, 2009 - Casillas showed why he is one of the world's top goalkeepers when he robbed Sevilla's Diego Perotti with an absolutely fantastic running stop across the penalty box. Yes, Perotti should have probably never missed the goal from three yards out as he did, but how Casillas scampered from one post to the other in a matter of milliseconds was phenomenal.