The power of 9

September 27, 2005
By Alex Chick
'Oh, la vache! What a save!'

The cluster of sweaty sports hacks swarmed around the TV monitor grew in size and voice as Grégory Coupet pulled off stop after astonishing stop.

The men at l'Équipe knew they were seeing something era-defining as shots rained in on the Lyon goal and Coupet, like cling film on a toilet seat, repelled everything that came his way. In injury time he yet again denied Claudiu Keserü and Mauro Cetto with feline reflexes and wrists of steel.

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