GOALKEEPER Ivan Provedel is only the second goalkeeper to score from open play in the Champions League.
But who is he and when did he score for his club? Here’s everything you need to know about Ivan Provedel.
AlamyGoalkeeper Ivan Provedel pictured in September 2023[/caption]
Who is Ivan Provedel?
During his youth career, Provedel spent time at Udinese and Chievo, before forging a successful senior career.
During the 2013–14 season, the goalkeeper played on loan for Pisa in Lega Pro Prima Divisione.
The following season, he played on loan for Perugia, before making appearances for Modena, Pro Vercelli, Empoli, Juve Stabia and Spezia.
In 2022, the sports star also received his first Italy national football team callup, as then-manager Roberto Mancini named him to be part of the squad for the UEFA Nations League games against England and Hungary.
As of September 2023, Provedel boasts an impressive 105,000 followers on Instagram – where he regularly shares snaps both on and off the pitch.
When did Ivan Provedel join Lazio?
On August 8, 2022, Provedel moved to Lazio after completing a definite transfer from Spezia.
And it was with this club that the goalkeeper etched his name into the Champions League history books – becoming only the second goalie 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.
When did Ivan Provedel score for Lazio?
Five minutes into stoppage time, the goalkeeper, 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 – sparking incredible scenes.
Following the winning moment, stunned fans took to social media to react to the scenes.
One wrote: ”He must be dreaming about this his whole entire life. What a Goal.”
A second said: ”Insane,” while a third added: ”Football is the greatest sport ever and no other comes even close.”
Clips shared on social media have attracted millions of views and thousands of likes as fans rush to watch the viral moment – with one video receiving over two million views and 15 thousand likes in less than 24 hours.