LAZIO goalkeeper Ivan Provedel SCORED a last-ditch equaliser to earn his side a Champions League draw against Atletico Madrid.
The Italian headed home in the final seconds to snatch a share of the spoils and leave Atletico Madrid stunned.
APLazio’s goalkeeper Ivan Provedel was the unlikely hero against Atletico Madrid[/caption]
GettyThe Italian headed home a last-ditch equaliser in the Champions League[/caption]
ReutersThe stopper’s stunning header sparked an incredible celebration at Stadio Olimpico[/caption]
APHe became only the second goalie to score from open-play in the competition[/caption]
The Spanish visitors looked set to take all three points back home for the Stadio Olimpico courtesy of Pablo Barrios’ first half strike.
But with 95 minutes on the clock, the 29-year-old shotstopper ventured forward to join the attack for one last throw of the dice at a set-piece.
The initial corner was cleared by the Atletico defence, but it fell straight back to the taker, who then pushed the ball to Luis Alberto.
The attacker whipped in a dangerous in-swinging cross from out on the left, and it sailed over everybody until the leaping Provedel met it and glanced home a header past his opposite number Jan Oblak to spark wild scenes.
However, the Lazio hero somehow managed to keep his composure as he simply pushed away his onrushing team-mates and raced back towards his own half for the restart.
His unbelievable moment has etched his name into the Champions League history books by becoming only the second goalkeeper to score from open play in the competition.
Liege’s Sinan Bolat was the only other when he also headed in a late equaliser against AZ Alkmaar in the group stages back in December 2021.
Fans could not believe what they were seeing as the clip soon went viral on social media.
And one even said that Atletico boss Diego Simeone got exactly what he deserved for moving forward Alvaro Morata back to defence.
They tweeted: “This is exactly what you get for playing Morata as a 3rd center back you dinosaur of a manager.”
“I can’t wrap my head around the fact that a goalkeeper has this good timing and penalty box movement,” commented another.
“Insane,” declared another shocked supporter before adding: “Maybe he could have been a striker under different life circumstances.”
A fellow fan said: “Football is the greatest sport ever and no other comes even close.”
While another wrote: “He must be dreaming about this his whole entire life. What a Goal.”
APFans reacted in disbelief as Ivan Provedel’s brilliant equaliser went viral[/caption]