Thomas Strakosha was left tearful by Lazio supporters who unfurled a banner
backing the keeper after his Galatasaray mishap.
The Albania stopper virtually put the ball in the back of his own net during the Serie
A side’s Europa League duel with the Turkish giants.
And the unfortunate error led to Lazio losing their opening clash in the competition
with the Stadio Olimpico side falling to a 1-0 defeat in Turkey.
The stopper, 26, ended up tipping spooned high ball from Manuel Lazzari into the
back of his own net rather than over his crossbar.
However, the club’s fiery fan base are keen to forgive and forget Strakosha’s howler
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As far as goalkeeper errors go, that’s got to be up there… 🙈😅
Thomas Strakosha has had an absolute nightmare 💀 pic.twitter.com/sniIIpzvA5
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2021
They showed this was the case during the warm-up ahead of Lazio’s game against
Cagliari this evening.
Before the clash supporters unraveled a giant banner featuring a quote from Dante
Alighieri’s famous 13th-century poem ‘Divine Comedy’
The quote said: “Don’t care about them, just look and go on.”
And Football Italia reports the unveiling of the message held aloft a number of the
club’s ultras prompted an emotional response from Strakosha.
The Albania international, who joined the club as an Under-19 prospect in 2012, was
seen sobbing into his towel.
However, the player started this evening’s game on the bench with ex-Liverpool
stopper Pepe Reina preferred in goal.
Strakosha, who began his Lazio career at 17 has made 178 appearances for the club.