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Late Parma own goal sees Lazio reach Italian Cup quarters

A late own goal by Parma goalkeeper Simone Colombi sent Lazio to the Italian Cup quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on Thursday.

Lazio will next play Atalanta in Bergamo on Jan. 27.

The match appeared to be heading for extra time when, in the final minute, Vedat Muriqi’s header came off the base of the right post and went in off Colombi.

Lazio's Vedat Muriqi, center left, competes for the ball during the Italian Cup, quarterfinal soccer match between Lazio and Parma, at the Rome Olympic Stadium Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Muriqi hit the post in the first half too, as did Andreas Pereira, moments before Lazio eventually took the lead in the 23rd minute when Marco Parolo headed in Pereira’s cross.

Parma could have leveled in the 72nd but Valentin Mihăilă fired off the crossbar from point-blank range.

Mihăilă did get the equalizer seven minutes from time when a through ball caught the Lazio defense napping and the Romanian beat goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha one-on-one to lift the ball into the bottom right corner.

Marco Parolo, centre right, scores the first goal of the game against Parma, during their Italian Cup, quarterfinal soccer match between Lazio and Parma, at the Rome Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

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Lazio's Vedat Muriqi, left, and Parma's Daan Dierckx, compete for the ball during the Italian Cup, quarterfinal soccer match between Lazio and Parma, at the Rome Olympic Stadium Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)

Milinkovic Sergej Savic of Lazio, left, in action with Giacomo Ricci of Parma, during their Italian Cup, quarterfinal soccer match between Lazio and Parma, at the Rome Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Alfredo FalconeLaPresse via AP)