Once again, Atlético Madrid seemed to have everything under control to claim their first win of the season in the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League, but they managed to drop the ball thanks to the least probable player on the pitch who could score: Lazio's goalkeeper.
Los Colchoneros handled the lead properly for over 45 minutes, and when things got complicated, their defense emerged victorious despite the hosts' efforts. A corner kick was called for Lazio in the dying seconds of the match, and goalie Ivan Provedel joined those in attack to help out.
The corner was short and seemed to bounce off the hand of one of Atlético's defenders, but Lazio kept on playing and kicked the ball back for a cross. Luis Alberto hit the ball with every ounce of fate in his body to find Provedel all alone in the box. The outcome? A heart-breaking moment for Los Colchoneros and a day to remember for Le Aquile.
The shot-stopper did his part in front of goal, but also under the sticks. Provedel saved four shots from Atlético's players to keep Lazio in contention for a point, which would eventually go their way thanks to his header.
Provedel's goal also made UEFA Champions League history, as he became the second goalkeeper to find the back of the net in open play (i.e., not a penalty).
Have a look at Provedel's heroics for Lazio in their first game of the 2023-24 UEFA Champions League (Image might be geo-restricted).
LAZIO GOALKEEPER IVAN PROVEDEL SCORES WITH THE LAST TOUCH OF THE GAME— CBS Sports Golazo (@CBSSportsGolazo) September 19, 2023
Only the second keeper in Champions League HISTORY to score a non-penalty. pic.twitter.com/wMpUhnMwg7