Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rescued a point for Lazio in a tough but thrilling 3-3 draw against Empoli this afternoon.

The Biancocelesti found themselves 2-0 down after just eight minutes but goals from Ciro Immobile and Milinkovic-Savic drew things level. The Tuscan side again took the lead but the Serbian midfielder netted an injury-time equaliser to secure a point for the Roman club.

Below are the two teams in Lazio‘s 3-3 draw against Empoli:

  • Lazio (4-3-3): Thomas Strakosha, Elseid Hysaj (89′ Manuel Lazzari), Luiz Felipe, Francesco Acerbi (24′ Patric), Adam Marusic; Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Danilo Cataldi, Luis Alberto; Pedro, Ciro Immobile, Felipe Anderson.
  • Empoli (4-3-1-2): Guglielmo Vicario; Petar Stojanovic, Adrian Ismajli, Sebastiano Luperto, Fabiano Parisi (33′ Riccardo Marchizza); Liam Henderson, Samuele Ricci, Szymon Zurkowski (45′ Filippo Bandinelli); Nedim Bajrami; Andrea La Mantia, Federico Di Francesco.

It was a disastrous start for Lazio in the first half; Hysaj played a lazy pass back to Strakosha and the Biancocelesti shot-stopper was slow to come out, being beaten to the ball by Di Francesco. The Albanian goalkeeper fouled the Empoli forward and the referee pointed to the spot. Bajrami scored the resulting penalty, giving the Tuscan side a 1-0 lead after just six minutes.

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Lazio looked rattled following this and a strong attacking move saw Empoli double their lead after just eight minutes, with Zurkowski closing out the move to make it 2-0. The Biancocelesti finally got involved in the match and they clawed one back in the 14th minute, with Immobile scoring a glancing header following a well-placed cross by Milinkovic-Savic.

In the 20th minute Acerbi suffered a serious thigh injury and he was forced off, with some fans seemingly booing him as he limped off the pitch. He was replaced by Patric. Nine minutes later a Felipe Anderson shot ricocheted off the crossbar, a shame following an electric attacking move.

Parisi suffered a serious hamstring injury in the 32nd minute, abruptly stopping in a sprint and immediately signally for a substitution. Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli replaced him with Marchizza.

The first half ended 2-1 to Empoli, with both sides looking strong going forward but being a little shaky at the back.

Andreazzoli made a change a half time, switching out goalscorer Zurkowski for Filippo Bandinelli. Maurizio Sarri made two substitutions in the 59th minute, taking off Cataldi and Pedro and replacing them with Lucas Leiva and Mattia Zaccagni.

Marusic was booked in the 62nd minute after a foul on Di Francesco. It was an important tactical foul, stopping Empoli during a dangerous-looking counter-attack. Andreazzoli made another change in the 63rd minute, switching out Bajrami for Leo Stulac. Milinkovic-Savic scored a beautiful equaliser in the 66th minute, netting a volley after a great ball in by Felipe Anderson to make it 2-2.

Luis Alberto frustratingly kicked the ball out in the 71st minute, claiming that Zaccagni was fouled in the penalty area. He was booked for this, wanting an immediate VAR check.

The Empoli coach made another two substitutions in the 73rd minute, bringing off La Mantia and Ricci for Andrea Pinamonti and Mattia Viti. Empoli re-took the lead in the 75th minute, with Lazio’s defence falling apart, allowing Di Francesco to make it 3-2.

Lazio responded well, however, and Patric bundled home an equaliser in the 78th minute. Painfully for the Biancocelesti faithful, however, it was chalked off due to a handball. The Biancocelesti were then awarded a soft penalty in the 86th minute, but Immobile failed to convert, with Vicario making a great save to keep it 3-2.

Sarri made a fourth change in the 89th minute, taking off Hysaj and replacing him with Manuel Lazzari. Milinkovic-Savic sent the fans into jubilation in the 93rd minute, finding an equaliser with a powerful header to make it 3-3.

The referee blew the whistle in the 98th minute, ending an electric encounter between two attacking sides, which ended all tied up in the Stadio Olimpico.