Lazio goalkeeper scores stunning late equaliser in Champions League
Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel scored a 95th-minute equaliser to earn his team a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Showing the instincts of a striker, Provedel rescued Lazio as he leapt to meet an inswinging cross from Luis Alberto, guiding a powerful glancing header past Atletico counterpart Jan Oblak at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The scarcely believable moment saw Provedel become just the sixth goalkeeper to score a goal in Champions League history, and only the second from open play. Provedel was also making his first appearance in the Champions League and his header was the final touch in the match.
The Italian was quickly surrounded by his stunned teammates, while Provedel did not even break into a smile while celebrating as he was chased by substitutes running onto the pitch.
"I’m going to enjoy this. But we only got one point, we didn’t win," Provedel said.
The 29-year-old said he modelled his attacking style after Lazio striker Ciro Immobile.
Lazio fell behind in the first half of their Champions League opener after Pablo Barrios scored for Atletico with a goal that took a big deflection past Provedel.
There was also drama in the other Group E encounter as goals from Calvin Stengs and Alireza Jahanbaksh saw Feyenoord claim a 2-0 win over Celtic, who finished the game with nine men.
Stengs’ free-kick snuck home to give the Dutch side the lead on the stroke of half-time and Brendan Rodgers’ men unravelled after the interval as both Gustaf Lagerbielke and Odin Thiago Holm saw red.
Julian Alvarez came to the rescue for holders Manchester City, who survived a major scare before seeing off Red Star Belgrade 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
Osman Bukari fired the visitors in front against the run of play just