Parma, 22 June 2020 – Parma Calcio return to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in the Marassi district of Genoa tomorrow night (kick-off at 21:45 CEST), where they’ll face the hosts Genoa on matchday 27 of the 2019/20 Serie A TIM season.
Parma have only won away to Genoa in the league on two occasions.
The other took place just last season, with the 3-1 end result already secured by half-time.
While our victories at the Rossoblù’s fortress have been few and far between, there have certainly been plenty of thrilling draws from our trips to the Marassi, despite the fact that so few have ended in victory.
It’s one of these that we’ll be looking back on today, as we travel all the way back to 6 December 2009.
A newly-promoted Parma side led by Francesco Guidolin headed to Genoa that Sunday to face a home side coached by Gian Piero Gasperini.
It ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw, with Jonathan Biabiany truly showcasing his talent for the first time in our shirt, going on to play over 150 games for the Club.
Biabia scored a brace. His first two goals in a Crociati shirt.
In the 36th minute, he burst through with his lightning pace to finish off a deadly counterattack, played in by his teammate Daniele Galloppa.
Jonathan left defender Emiliano Moretti for dead with his run, then beating goalkeeper Alessio Scarpi with his right.
This levelled the scores at 1-1 after the Argentinian Rodrigo Palacio’s 14th-minute opener for Genoa, the home side’s frontman having managed to elude Alessandro Lucarelli at the back.
Then, in minute 59, Biabiany struck again. Once more on a devastating break.
This time it was Davide Lanzafame’s cutting pass which allowed the Frenchman to break into the area.
Jonathan actually injured himself in the process, volley in from inside the area with a huge goal to make it 2-1 before being immediately subbed off for Nicola Amoruso.
But just seven minutes later, Genoa had pulled it back to 2-2, Raffaele Palladino with a spectacular left-footed strike from outside the area which left Antonio Mirante with no chance.
The two teams both went for the win in the closing stages, each of them coming so close to that elusive third goal.
Guidolin’s Parma shocked everyone that year, ending the season in eighth place in May. But things could have been even better, with that point at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris seeing the Crociati temporarily jump up to fourth place in the table.
Main image: Biabiany celebrating his goal with teammate Luca Antonelli. Other images: the Parma away end; coming togethers between Christian Panucci and Giuseppe Sculli and then Lanzafame and Domenico Criscito; Mirante’s celebration after Biabia’s first goal; Blerim Dzemaili praising our French forward; the Crociati’s joy after Biabiany put Parma ahead; Coach Guidolin’s shouts from the touchline at 2-2; the Parma away end.