Felipe Caicedo was Lazio’s hero as his last-gasp strike cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in a 1-1 draw against Juventus at Stadio Olimpico on Sunday.
Lazio lacked bite in the absence of star striker Ciro Immobile, one of three players along with Lucas Leiva and Thomas Strakhosha absent after reportedly returning inconclusive coronavirus tests.
Ronaldo, who returned after his own isolation due to COVID-19 with a double against Spezia last week, scored a sixth Serie A goal of the campaign after 15 minutes and that looked by being enough to settle what had been a largely comfortable outing for the visitors.
But substitute Caicedo scored in the fifth minute of injury time to secure a point for Lazio in a result that leaves Juve three points off Serie A leaders Milan, who have a game in hand.
Juve probed a couple of times early on but Ronaldo sticking out a leg to divert home Juan Cuadrado’s drilled cross, after great work down the right by the Colombian, was their first meaningful attack.
Lazio displayed hallmarks of a good side missing their best attacking weapon, though with a little more luck Vedat Muriqi would have got on the end of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic’s teasing header across the face of goal.
Fortune was on Lazio’s side when Ronaldo smacked the right post and then forced Pepe Reina into a smart stop with a stinging free-kick.
Ronaldo and Adam Marusic exchanged efforts, while Adrien Rabiot tested Pepe Reina in a second half that struggled to ignite.
Pirlo withdrew Ronaldo with 14 minutes to go, a decision that appeared to surprise the star forward even though an ankle sprain was later confirmed.
Ronaldo’s team-mates looked to have completed the job without him but Caicedo turned in the area and picked out the bottom-right corner after collecting Joaquin Correa’s pass in a dramatic finale not befitting the rest of the game.