Lazio 1 Besiktas 1
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Roman side had been stunned to concede a penalty on the very cusp of half time - with Jaap Stam's tackle on Sergen adjudged to have been inside the penalty area and Daniel Pancu converting.
Substitute Roberto Muzzi kept the dream alive with an acrobatic overhead kick after a Stefano Fiore cross, but despite huge pressure in the final stages the Turkish visitors held on for a point and cling on to second place in the group.
Last ditch defending, some superb saves from Oscar Cordoba and even the woodwork kept Lazio from finding the winner they so desperately needed.
Demetrio Albertini was denied by an acrobatic stop by Cordoba, the bar and a post prevented a Bernardo Corradi header from hitting the back of the net, and Simone Inzaghi's toe-poke flew agonisingly wide.
Lazio looked a little impatient through the first half, and had only themselves to blame for going in at the break one-nil down.
With the Romans seemingly content to pump largely non-threatening balls into the box, Besiktas soaked up the pressure and looked quite capable of attacking on the break.
It took a wonderful save by Peruzzi on the half hour mark to prevent the Turks opening the scoring - a sublime finger-tip save denying Ilhan Mansiz's delicate chip, and then another good stop preventing Sergen Yalcin's follow up.
But it was not enough - and when the otherwise dominant Stam tackled Sergen right on the edge of the box the referee Markus Merk did not hesitate to give the penalty.
It was Pancu who was charged with taking the spot-kick, and he blocked out the home crowd's jeers to smash the ball home with aplomb.
Lazio, with nerves and defensive lapses dogging their performance, may well rue this game should they fail to qualify.
Roberto Mancini was not well enough to be on the sidelines and the charismatic coach will feel his calming influence may have been lacking at a most crucial juncture.