Very tough end to the match for Atlético de Madrid in Rome. When the game seemed decided and they only had to defend a corner to maintain the 0-1 and take the victory back to Spain, Lazio goalkeeper Ivan Provedel scored a header goal completely alone to level the contest against Atlético in extremis. Therefore, it was an unfortunate first day of the Champions League for the colchoneros when they were going to leave Italy with the three points thanks to a goal from Pablo Barrios in the first half.
After losing 3-0 against Valencia at Mestalla, Diego Pablo Simeone’s team had a difficult challenge ahead of them in the Italian capital. The red and whites had resisted the youth team’s goal throughout the match, but in the last minute of stoppage time Lazio tied Atlético with a very unusual event in football, the goal of a goalkeeper, in this case, Provedel. The Italian goalkeeper rose higher than anyone else and finished off a perfect cross from Spaniard Luis Alberto.
Can not. Be.
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Nobody could believe it. Not even Simeone, who resigned himself to talking about what his team had done well in the match to take the edge off the matter. «There were quite a few situations within the game that were evident. We had great scoring chances. We defended quite organized, with a lot of effort. I’m left with a good feeling, but the goal in the last minute hurts you,” declared the Argentine in the Movistar + microphones.
Antoine Griezmann, the first to react on television right after the final whistle, didn’t believe it either. «We have done a good job and we have to continue. My chance is usually a goal. The goalkeeper saves Lino. This is the image we want to give. Everyone defends, everyone attacks and forget the Valencia game. What happened last year is forgotten. We have the level and the team to make a big splash in the Champions League. It’s a setback, but we have to keep working. We played a great game and we didn’t have our heads down,” said the Frenchman, clearly dejected by the unexpected goal.
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