Sampdoria player has clothes ripped off by fans after 99th-minute equaliser

Ricky Saponara came off the bench to level it for the Serie A side after opponents Lazio had scored a 96th-minute ‘winner’

SAMPDORIA star Ricky Saponara had all his clothes ripped off by fans after scoring a 99th-minute equaliser against Lazio yesterday.

The midfielder, 26, came off the bench to level things up for the Serie A side in a dramatic game in Rome.

 Ricky Saponara had his clothes ripped off after his 99th-minute equaliser
Ricky Saponara had his clothes ripped off after his 99th-minute equaliser

Sampdoria had taken the lead thanks to a 21st-minute Fabio Quagliarella strike, before Francesco Acerbi equalised for Lazio ten minutes from time.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in stoppage time after Bartosz Bereszynski was sent off – before Ciro Immobile put the hosts in front with a 96th-minute penalty.

Heartbroken Sampdoria fans thought the game was over before Saponara acrobatically lobbed Thomas Strakosha.

The midfielder raced over to supporters behind the goal… who got a little too handsy.

 Ricky Saponara scored an acrobatic equaliser to salvage a point
Ricky Saponara scored an acrobatic equaliser to salvage a point
 Ricky Saponara was swarmed by fans after scoring a last-gasp goal
Ricky Saponara was swarmed by fans after scoring a last-gasp goal

After the experience, Saponara revealed: “It was wonderful, as after the penalty we felt down, but on that last long ball, I just kept believing.

“I saw the ball coming and closed my eyes on the lob, but when I opened them, I saw it had gone in.

“I ran to the fans behind the goal and they tore all my clothes off! It was such a great feeling to score right at the end like that.

“We were too timid in the second half and in the end paid for it, as Lazio were more aggressive. We were lucky too, eventually, so we’ll take the point.”

 Ricky Saponara was Sampdoria's hero as he scored in the 99th-minute
Ricky Saponara was Sampdoria’s hero as he scored in the 99th-minute

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