Inzaghi late strike saves Lazio

Simone Inzaghi scored a minute from time to salvage a 1-1 draw for Serie A leaders Lazio against Lecce at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

Simone Tiribocchi had given the visitors a first-half lead and Lecce hung on doggedly against an uninspired Lazio until the dying moments.

But for a team who came into the match with four wins from their first five league matches and whose president Claudio Lotito claimed in the build-up that the glory years were on their way back, Lazio were disappointing.

Still, Inzaghi claimed it was an important point gained.

"I'm happy for me and for the team because tonight we certainly didn't deserve to lose," he said.

"We've earned a good point but now it's already the time to think about the next match because today we really wanted the three points but we didn't get them."

New Scudetto scoring star Mauro Zarate had a quiet game and for all their domination, Lazio created few clear cut chances.

As would be expected from the league leaders playing at home, they took control from the off and put the visiting defence under a lot of pressure.

Stefano Mauri came close to turning home a cross at the back post before Cristian Ledesma fired in a free-kick from the left that goalkeeper Francesco Benussi had to tip over the bar in the 14th minute.

But for all Lazio's possession, pressure and territorial advantage, Lecce held firm and took the lead in simple fashion.

Right-back Tiziano Polenghi advanced down the right and swung over a cross that Simone Tiribocchi met with a firm downward header that bounced up and went in off the underside of the bar.

Tiribocchi came close again in the 36th minute but his shot was blocked by a late challenge from Sebastiano Siviglia.

Substitute Aleksandar Kolarov almost restored parity in the 66th minute with a curling free-kick but it clipped the bar and went over.

Macedonia striker Goran Pandev had two good chances to equalise but fired the first straight at Benussi and the second wide of the near post.

Then with a minute left, Meghni's cross found its way to Inzaghi three yards out and the veteran forward made no mistake.