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UCL: Goalkeeper Provedel scores 95th-minute Lazio equaliser against Atletico Madrid

By BBC
Football News Ivan Provedel was allowed to run unmarked into the area to meet Luis Alberto's cross and head in
WED, 20 SEP 2023 LISTEN
Ivan Provedel was allowed to run unmarked into the area to meet Luis Alberto's cross and head in

Goalkeeper Ivan Provedel scored a 95th-minute equaliser as Lazio held Atletico Madrid to a draw in their Champions League opener.

With just seconds remaining, Provedel went up for a late corner and glanced a fine header into the net from Luis Alberto's cross.

It prompted wild celebrations from the Lazio players, who raced to hug their unlikely goalscoring hero.

Pablo Barrios' deflected strike had given Atletico a first-half lead.

After Alvaro Morata hit the post, Provedel made several excellent saves to keep Lazio in the match before providing the crucial contribution at the other end of the pitch to earn the Italians a point in Group E.

Provedel becomes the fourth different goalkeeper to score a Champions League goal, after Jorg Butt (three between 2000 and 2009 - all penalties), Sinan Bolat (December 2009) and Vincent Enyeama (September 2010).

He is also only the second goalkeeper ever to score from open play after Bolat, who also scored a 95th-minute equaliser, with his coming for Standard Liege against AZ Alkmaar.

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The goal sparked wild celebrations among the Lazio players

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Provedel is the first goalkeeper to score in the Champions League in 13 years, since Vincent Enyeama scored a penalty in September 2010

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Provedel is now just one of four goalkeepers to score in the Champions League, and the first to score from open play since Sinan Bolat in 2009

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