BERLIN, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Ten-men Lazio carved out a 3-3 draw at Monchengladbach thanks to the equalizer by Libor Kozak at the 94th minute at the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.
In a goal festival, Lazio, with one man down for the last 20 minutes, came back to secure a draw and an advantage for the second leg next week, owing to the last minute equalizer by substitute Libor Kozak.
Monchengladbach caught a perfect start as Lazio's Andre Diaz was penalized with a penalty following a foul play to Patrick Herrmann inside the box.
"Gladbachs" Martin Stranzl stepped up to convert the penalty successfully with 17 minutes into the match.
The Italians needed forty minutes to respond to Monchengladbach's opener as Lazio's Sergio Floccari volleyed home a cross by Antonio Candreva into the top right from inside the box at the 57th minute.
Seven minutes later, Lazio grabbed the lead through Libor Kozak who poked home a cross past Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen.
With 69 minutes into the clash Andre Dias weakened Lazio when he was sent off for his second bookable offence inside the box causing a penalty.
Thus Monchengladbach had the chance to restore parity but the weak penalty by Stranzl was saved by Lazio goalie Frederico Marchetto.
Monchengladbach's Thorben Marx finally restored parity when he converted a penalty on the 84th minute, the third for the home side.
It looked like a comeback win for the "Foals" when Juan Arango's hammer, from 30 meters over the wall, crossed the goal line to make it 3-2 with only two minutes remaining.
Nonetheless, Lazio were not done with the scoring as Kozak headed home a cross to secure a 3-3 draw.
"The equalizer thirty seconds before end of the match was completely unnecessary," Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre said.