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Juventus 2-2 Lazio: Milinkovic-Savic late show ruins Dybala's Turin farewell


Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's dramatic equaliser saw Lazio grab a 2-2 draw against Juventus at the end of an enthralling Serie A contest.
FotMob - about 2 months ago

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic scored a dramatic 96th-minute equaliser as Lazio came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with Juventus in Turin.

In a match where Juventus paid tribute to departing stars Giorgio Chiellini and Paulo Dybala, first-half goals from Dusan Vlahovic and Alvaro Morata seemed to have put the Bianconeri in control.

But after Alex Sandro's own goal halved the arrears, Maurizio Sarri's return to the Allianz Stadium ended in chaotic fashion when Milinkovic-Savic fired into the roof of the net with the last kick of the game.

As well as spoiling the farewell home appearances of Chiellini and Dybala, the result boosted Lazio's hopes of beating local rivals Roma to a fifth-place finish in Serie A.

Lazio went close to an early goal when Danilo Cataldi crashed a long-range effort against the crossbar, only for Juventus to take a 10th-minute lead when Vlahovic stooped to head home from Morata's left-wing cross.

The Allianz Stadium then stood to salute legendary Bianconeri captain Chiellini when he was substituted 18 minutes into his final home appearance, the defender passing the armband onto Dybala on his own final Juventus appearance in Turin.

The lively Argentine was at the heart of Juventus' excellent second goal after 36 minutes, finding Juan Cuadrado with a neat backheel before Morata capped the move with a fine finish into the top-right corner.

But Lazio found a route back into the contest when Patric's header deflected off Sandro and into the bottom-left corner six minutes after the break, before Moise Kean almost re-established Juve's two-goal lead with an acrobatic volley.

However, with Juventus just a few seconds away from a hard-fought win, Milinkovic-Savic pounced after Mattia Perin turned Toma Basic's effort away, firing home the rebound to secure a dramatic draw for Sarri's side.

What does it mean? Lazio boost hopes of fifth as Juventus slump continues

Milinkovic-Savic's goal could represent a decisive moment in his team's season, moving them three points clear of Roma with one game left. Lazio now only need to draw with Verona on the final day to finish above the Giallorossi for a third consecutive season.

Juventus, meanwhile, have now gone two games without a win in Serie A either side of their Coppa Italia final defeat to Inter and will be desperate for an underwhelming campaign to end.

Last-gasp Milinkovic-Savic the hero

Lazio captain Milinkovic-Savic's last-minute leveller means he is one of only two midfielders to record 11+ goals and 11+ assists in the big five European leagues this season, along with RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku.

Meanwhile, only Inter (22) have gained more Serie A points than Lazio (19) from losing positions this season after their superb comeback.

Bianconeri heroes Chiellini and Dybala bid farewell

With Juventus already assured of fourth place, they used the match to give fitting send-offs to two departing heroes in Chiellini and Dybala.

The former ends his incredible Bianconeri career with 392 top-flight appearances for the club, a tally only bettered by Gianluigi Buffon (489) and Alessandro Del Piero (467).

Dybala, meanwhile, has scored more goals than any other player at the Allianz Stadium in all competitions, having netted 68 times at the stadium since it's 2011 opening.

What's next?

Juventus end the Serie A season with a trip to Fiorentina next Saturday, while Lazio host Verona on the same day.