Juventus 2-2 Lazio: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pounces at the death to secure Europa League qualification for Maurizio Sarri’s men… as Old Lady fail to bounce back from Coppa Italia final defeat
- Juventus blew a two-goal lead vs Lazio in their final home outing of the season
- Dusan Vlahovic and Alvaro Morata fired them into an early lead after 36 minutes
- Alex Sandro’s second-half own goal looked to be just a consolation for Lazio
- That was before Sergej Milinkovic-Savic levelled in the 96th minute of the game
A stoppage-time goal from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic earned Lazio a dramatic 2-2 draw at Juventus in Serie A on Monday, a point that sealed the Rome club’s spot in next season’s Europa League, overshadowing Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala’s farewell.
Already assured of a fourth-placed finish this term, Juventus could take the game to Lazio with the pressure off, racing into a 10th-minute lead after Dusan Vlahovic’s flying header found the net.
Veteran defender Chiellini was then taken off early, and given a standing ovation by fans in what will be his last home match for Juventus before he leaves the club after 18 years in Turin.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic turned in a 96th-minute equaliser for Lazio away at Juventus
Dusan Vlahovic fired the hosts in front inside the opening 10 minutes on Monday night
Alvaro Morata then turned home Juventus’ second goal nine minutes before half-time
Spanish striker Alvaro Morata then doubled Juve’s lead in the 36th minute as they looked on course to give their supporters something to cheer after a disappointing season on the whole for Serie A’s most successful side.
Juve took their foot off the gas in the second half, however, with Alex Sandro’s own goal six minutes after the break giving Lazio hope of getting something from the match.
The visitors did not look like they had another goal in them, with Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri taking Dybala off to allow him his moment of applause before he too leaves the club.
But Milinkovic-Savic had the final say, with the last kick of the game, to ensure Lazio in fifth cannot be caught by Fiorentina in seventh, so a Europa League campaign awaits next term.
But after Alex Sandro’s own goal, Milinkovic-Savic popped up with an equaliser at the death
Juve blew a two-goal comeback just under a week since they lost the Coppa Italia final
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