Lazio showed their extraordinary tenacity to fight back from 3-2 down at the 94th minute to win with Felipe Caicedo, but the 4-3 loss is a hammer blow for Torino’s already shattered confidence.
The Biancocelesti drew 1-1 with Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday without 12 first team players, but many of them proved to be ‘false positive’ for COVID-19, so Ciro Immobile, Thomas Strakosha and Lucas Leiva returned to the bench, but Luis Alberto, Manuel Lazzari, Gonzalo Escalante, Stefan Radu and Senad Lulic were still out. Toro had just one point from four games this season and missed Simone Zaza, Armando Izzo, Daniele Baselli and Vincenzo Millico.
Lazio took the lead with their first genuine scoring opportunity, as Vedat Muriqi crossed from the by-line down the left, Patric playing in an unusual right wing-back role knocked it down and Andreas Pereira hit it first time from 12 yards.
Karol Linetty won two tackles to dribble into the area, forcing Pepe Reina to parry with his legs at the near post. Toro equalised soon after when Bremer was left relatively unmarked for a diving header on the corner.
Pereira went from hero to villain when he made an entirely unnecessary and clumsy challenge on Belotti in the penalty area. Belotti got back on his feet to convert the spot-kick, even though it squirmed under Reina’s legs.
Torino had strong penalty appeals again later in the half for a late Luiz Felipe tackle on Verdi, but the referee and VAR gave the all-clear.
Simone Inzaghi threw on Lucas Leiva and Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, but it was Sergej Milinkovic-Savic who curled a great free kick into the near bottom corner to get Lazio back on level terms at the dawn of the second half.
Verdi really should’ve restored Torino’s lead when he got on the end of a Belotti cross, but hit it onto the far post from point-blank range.
Lazio also threatened in an open game, as Vojvoda made practically a goal-line clearance to stop Akpa Akpro on a Luiz Felipe assist, then Joaquin Correa just failed to get the final touch on a Mohamed Fares cross.
In the final minutes, Wesley Hoedt was caught napping inside his own penalty area and Sasa Lukic pounced to steal the ball and score relatively undisturbed. Lazio wanted a foul, but Hoedt was simply too weak in that challenge.
It seemed to be all over until the 93rd minute, when referee Daniele Chiffi was called to an on-field VAR review for Nicolas Nkoulou’s handball to block an Immobile shot. It was one of those 50-50 situations that could’ve gone one way or the other, as his arm was technically close to the body, but the trailing hand was raised and caught the ball. He opted for the penalty and Immobile converted to equalise.
It still wasn’t over, though, as Lazio wanted the victory and they got it. A free kick was punted into the box, ricocheted around and Felipe Caciedo was quickest to react by tapping in from four yards to send his teammates and coach Inzaghi completely wild.
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