Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s spectacular save against Chelsea was compared by BBC pundit Garth Crooks to Gordon Banks’ brilliant save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup.
Everton had their backs against the wall going into yesterday’s clash against the West Londoners. To retain their fate in their own hands, the Toffees merely had to win the game, which they did.
Chelsea couldn’t seem to get going. Everton were definitely the more dangerous team, and if Frank Lampard’s side had been more clinical, they could have scored three or even four goals.
They only got one goal, but it was enough to secure the victory, due to Pickford’s amazing save to deny Cesar Azpilicueta.
Garth Crooks compared Jordan Pickford’s save vs Chelsea to Gordan Banks’ stop to deny Pele
Crooks, like the rest of us, was blown away by Pickford’s save, and the BBC analyst even said it was the best save he’d seen since England hero Banks denied Pele’s header in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.
In his BBC column, he wrote: “Pickford kept a clean sheet but I don’t know how he did it. The Everton keeper made two of the most remarkable saves to clinch a vital victory for the Toffees.
“He was forced to sprint across his goal line before diving to make the most miraculous double-handed save I’ve seen since Gordon Banks saved Pele’s header in the 1970 World Cup.
“Pickford, now fired up, spread himself in order to block a shot which almost knocked him out and would have put other mere mortals in the Royal Infirmary. This was an inspired performance by the England number one.”