Parma, 14 February 2019Parma faced Cagliari Calcio for the first time in the 1930s and the two will meet again on Saturday 16th February at the Sardegna Arena. Parma have won six times and drawn nine times in Sardinia in 31 matches.

In 2000, on a Sunday at the start of Spring, Parma were competing for a Champions League and managed to earn a hard-fought win on Sardinian soil. It was 25 March and our hombre del gol Hernan Crespo took on the role of assist man.

Soon after the kick-off, Parma came out of the blocks flying with Crespo setting up two.

In the third minute, he broke down the left before crossing it for the oncoming midfielder Diego Fuser who made it 0-1.

A minute later, he got away on the right and floated the ball up to the far post where strike partner Marcio Amoroso headed home.

With Cagliari fighting to survive, the Rossoblu battled hard and were able to recover in the second half.

In the 52nd minute, Daniele Beretta scored on the volley  after a good exchange with future Parma player Patrick Mboma. He also hit the bar soon after.

In the 62nd minute, Tiziano De Patre brought Cagliari level, heading a cross by Uruguayan Fabiàn O’Neill beyond Gianluigi Buffon to make 2-2.

Nine minutes from time, it was Crespo again who stole the show with a textbook counterattack. Ousmane Dabo played a long ball from the back which the Argentine controlled before driving forward and away from Jonathan Zebina.

He took a moment to weigh up his options before playing through Mario Stanic who had come on for Amoroso and he made no mistake when sent clean through against the goalkeeper Alessio Scarpi.

The match ended with the Parma players throwing their shirts to the fans who made the trip to the island in a gesture that spoke of how it’s always a tough away day at Cagliari.

Slide: Stanic, scorer of the winning goal. Photo: Crociati fans at the Stadio Sant’Elia.