Mert Gunok’s Incredible Euro 2024 Save Against Austria Secures Turkey’s Spot in Quarter-Finals, Drawing Comparisons to Gordon Banks’ Legendary Stop

Mert Gunok’s Incredible Euro 2024 Save Against Austria Secures Turkey’s Spot in Quarter-Finals, Drawing Comparisons to Gordon Banks’ Legendary Stop

Turkey’s goalkeeper, Mert Gunok, etched his name into football history with a jaw-dropping save late in their Euro 2024 clash against Austria.

His lightning-quick reflexes denied Christoph Baumgartner’s header, securing Turkey’s path to the quarter-finals in dramatic fashion.

Lee Dixon, commentating for ITV, likened Gunok’s save to a ‘Gordon Banks replica,’ sparking conversations about the greatest goalkeeping moments of all time.

Here’s a look at some of the standout performances:

Peter Schmeichel – Manchester United v Rapid Vienna, 1996

Peter Schmeichel’s legendary career includes a spectacular save against Rapid Vienna in the Champions League, where he defied the odds to deny Rene Wagner’s powerful header.

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid v Sevilla, 2009

In a match against Sevilla, Iker Casillas showcased his extraordinary reflexes with a breathtaking save against Diego Perotti, earning praise for his agility and skill.

Emiliano Martinez – Argentina v France, 2022

Emiliano Martinez made history with a crucial save in the 2022 World Cup final, denying France’s Randal Kolo Muani and propelling Argentina to victory in the penalty shootout.

Gianluigi Buffon – Italy v France, 2006

Gianluigi Buffon’s pivotal save against Zinedine Zidane in the 2006 World Cup final remains iconic, as he deflected Zidane’s header over the crossbar in a match later decided by penalties.

Jim Montgomery – Sunderland v Leeds, 1973

Jim Montgomery’s double save in the FA Cup final against Leeds United is celebrated as one of the greatest feats in goalkeeping history, showcasing incredible reflexes and composure under pressure.

Jerzy Dudek – Liverpool v AC Milan, 2005

Jerzy Dudek’s heroics in the 2005 Champions League final are unforgettable, including a remarkable double save against Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko, which contributed to Liverpool’s dramatic comeback.

David Seaman – Arsenal v Sheffield United, 2003

David Seaman’s reflexes came to the fore in the 2003 FA Cup semi-final, where he miraculously prevented Paul Peschisolido’s goal-bound effort from crossing the line, earning praise from peers like Peter Schmeichel.

Gregory Coupet – Lyon v Barcelona, 2001

Gregory Coupet’s acrobatic saves, including an incredible header off his own crossbar, showcased his agility and instinct in a memorable Champions League clash against Barcelona.

Gordon Banks – England v Brazil, 1970

Gordon Banks’ legendary ‘save of the century’ against Pele in the 1970 World Cup remains the pinnacle of goalkeeping excellence, a moment where skill and timing combined to create an enduring legacy.


From Gordon Banks’ iconic save to Mert Gunok’s recent heroics, these moments remind us of the artistry and athleticism that define the best goalkeepers in football history.

Each save not only preserved victories but also etched the names of these goalkeeping legends into football folklore.

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