Provedel hero like Rampulla, Taibi and Brignoli. The Lazio goalkeeper scores in the 95th minute and saves his team against Atletico Madrid


By John


Markers: 29’pt Barrios; 50’st Provedel.

Lazio (4-3-3): Provedel 7.5; Marusic 5.5, Patric 6, Romagnoli 6, Pellegrini 6 (37’pt Lazzari 5.5); Kamada 5 (17’st Guendouzi 6), Vecino 6 (31’st Cataldi 6.5), Luis Alberto 6.5; Felipe Anderson5.5 (17’st Isaksen 6), Immobile 5, Zaccagni 6.5 (31’st Pedro sv). Coach: Sarri 6

Atletico Madrid (5-3-2): Oblak 6.5; Molina 6.5, Witsel 6.5 (30’st Correa sv), Savic 6, Lino 6.5 (34’st Riquelme sv), Hermoso 6;Barrios 7 (1’st Gimenez 6), Saul Ninguez 6, Marcos Llorente 6;Griezmann 6.5, Morata 6. Coach: Simeone 6.5

Referee: Vincic (Svn) 6.

Note: clear evening, soil in good condition. Booked: Simeone, Griezmann, Sarri, Lino, Patric, Immobile, Correa. Corners: 11-5 for Lazio. Recovery: 2′; 5′.

From the hell of a possible knockout in the first match in the Champions League, to the incredible last-gasp equalizer signed by a super Provedel. Lazio’s debut in Europe that counts at the Olimpico against former Simeone’s Atletico ends with a crazy draw. After a promising start the lights of Sarri’s team go out for the cold shower served by the lucky goal of Barrios in the first half. In the second half the Biancocelesti tried to equalize the match by exposing themselves to the dangerous counter-attacks from Morata and his teammates and when it all seemed to be over in the last minute of injury time came the crazy flash from the Biancoceleste goalkeeper who with a super header sent the Lazio people into ecstasy for a more than deserved 1-1. Compared to the predictions on the eve, there were some surprises at Lazio. There are three changes compared to the eleven lined up against Juventus: Patric, Pellegrini and Vecino take the place of Casale, Hysaj and Cataldi. And Guendouzi, indicated by many media as the starter, starts from the bench. For his part, Atlético is dealing with several important defections. In addition to Thomas Lemar who suffered an injury, Simeone is without five key players in De Paúl, Söyüncül, Depay, Koke and Reinildo. The main change in the Spanish lineup from that of the defeat against Valencia this weekend concerns the two full-backs, with Riquelme and Azpilicueta replaced by Lino and Molina. In attack the Griezmann-Morata pairing. Very intense start to the match between the two teams, with Atletico waiting for Lazio under the ball line and, ready to restart, they immediately show up with Morata and Llorente near Provedel. Sarri’s team also tries first with Immobile and then with Kamada and Romagnoli. Slowly the Biancocelesti took over the pitch and crushed the Spaniards in their half of the pitch, making themselves very dangerous with Zaccagni and Luis Alberto. Yet the good start of the Lazio team turns into an illusion and when the goal of Lazio’s advantage seems in the air, instead, with a pinch of luck, Atletico’s goal arrives on a shot from outside the area without too many pretensions by Barrios who, due to a deviation from Kamada, he was uncatchable for Provedel. In the rest of the first half the Spaniards controlled the game, while Lazio seemed to feel the pinch and were no longer as dangerous as in the first half hour. We start again with the first substitution for Simeone’s team who removes the goal scorer Barrios to bring in Gimenez. A few minutes and Lazio devours the equalizer through Immobile: Atletico gives the ball to the Biancocelesti, Anderson for Immobile who one-on-one with Oblak gets the shot saved. The time has come for the substitutions in the Biancoceleste home: Felipe Anderson and Kamada out, Isaksen and Guendouzi in. The shock for Lazio doesn’t arrive, while Atletico accelerates, going close to doubling their lead with Morata’s post and a great chance in the middle of the area by Lino who sees his shot blocked with a sure shot by a super Provedel. The match starts with Immobile and his teammates who are not there and despite being exposed to the Spanish counterattacks they try to find the 1-1 with Zaccagni and Patric. In the final the script does not change with Lazio’s continuous pressing and Cataldi’s great chance in injury time and when it all seems over, Provedel’s incredible goal arrives like a bolt from the blue in the 95th minute. A feat that is not new for the Lazio goalkeeper who on 7 February 2020 at the time of Juve Stabia scored in the 2-2 draw against Ascoli. All to the joy of the Biancoceleste people who will hardly forget the first night of the Champions League against the former Simeone.