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20/11/2013 08:00, Report by S Bartram, T Bugby

Top stops: Stepney

As part of 'Goalkeeper Week' on ManUtd.com, we remember some of United's finest ever saves - continuing with Alex Stepney's special stop in the 1968 European Cup final...

Perhaps the most famous save made by a United goalkeeper, Alex Stepney's last-gasp denial of Eusebio provided the platform for the Reds' first European Cup triumph. With seconds remaining and the score at 1-1, the Portuguese legend raced through on goal and thundered in a shot which Stepney somehow absorbed into his midsection before collapsing to the ground.

"It doesn't come any better than the save I made at the end of the European Cup final to deny Eusebio at Wembley," he says. "Benfica had equalised with about 10 minutes left and I knew there was not long left - there was no clock in the ground and we had to rely on the bench to tell us the time. In those days the turf at Wembley slowed the ball and in a split second I knew he wasn't going to chip me. I took a couple of steps back, which allowed me to stand up and have the chance to react when he shot. What amazed most people was the fact I managed to hold on to the ball. Eusebio was a great lad and he came up to me and applauded the save. Had he scored, there would have been no way back for us."

As it was, Stepney's heroics forced extra-time, in which George Best, Brian Kidd and Bobby Charlton struck to secure one of the most glorious chapters in United's history.

Read the full 'Top of the Stops' feature, covering 12 great saves, in the new Inside United.

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