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The greatest save in football history? Gregory Coupet for Lyon vs Barcelona
Gregory Coupet was a seriously good goalkeeper in his heyday.
The now 48-year-old represented France on 34 occasions and was a key part of the Lyon squad that famously won seven Ligue 1 titles in a row, beginning in 2001/02.
Coupet made 519 appearances for Les Gones during his trophy-filled 11 years at the club and kept 204 clean sheets in that time.
Not bad, Gregory.
As well as keeping clean sheets at a rate of one every two-and-a-half games, Coupet made arguably the greatest save in history while wearing Lyon's jersey.
Les Gones sadly lost their fixture at Camp Nou 2-0 thanks to goals from Patrick Kluivert and Rivaldo, but in that game, Coupet produced a save that still defies description to this very day.
With the scores level at 0-0, the goalkeeper received a terrible lofted back pass on the stretch from teammate Claudio Cacapa.
It looked certain that a comical own-goal would be the outcome, particularly as Coupet was unable to use his hands to prevent the ball from crossing the line.
But the Frenchman had a trick up his sleeve; the diving header.
Coupet leapt into the air like a salmon and sent the ball crashing into the crossbar, before getting back to his feet in a millisecond to thwart Rivaldo's headed effort with the most incredible point-blank save.
The footage below will always blow our minds...
Video: Coupet's incredible save vs Barcelona
A display of goalkeeping genius that we will probably never see repeated at the very highest level of the professional game.
To even consider performing a diving header - a notoriously hard move to pull off - is one thing, but to do it successfully and then produce a world-class save straight after is something worthy of a Hollywood movie.
Is it the best save in footballing history? We can't think of any that can lay claim to being superior, that's for sure.
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