Parma, 11 September 2019 – Parma and Cagliari are set to face off one again next Sunday at the Stadio Ennio Tardini and the fixture has a rich history.
One of the most memorable matches was the 3-2 on 6 March 2005 when Fabio Simplicio scored the winner with a long-range rocket in the 94th minute on the day of Marcia per la Salvezza that had been organised by supporters alongside the team.
In more recent times, Gervinho lit up the fixture on 22 September 2019 with that stunning goal when he ran the length of the pitch on his own.
Away from those two memorable days, we look back at a previous fixture which also came on matchday three in Serie A, just like Sunday’s match coming up.
It was 18 September 1994 and the match was won by two first-half headers under the Curva Nord scored by Dino Baggio and Fernando Couto.
The first game in the 25th minute when the versatile midfielder got away from the defence to get his head on a Gianfranco Zola free kick taken on the left.
The Portuguese centre-back extended the lead in the 44th minute after leaving the Sardinian defence behind him before getting his head to another Zola free kick, putting the ball in the net with a diving header.
Couto celebrated in his trademark fashion with a front flip, building on the goal he scored in the league opener against Cremonese. He scored two goals in two games at the Tardini.
Cagliari were coached at the time by El Maestro, the Uruguayan Oscar Washington Tabarez and they made Parma suffer until the end of the game, pulling one back in the 55th minute through the Brazil-Born Belgium international Luis Oliveira and they created many dangerous chances.
Pictured: Fernando Couto’s header under the Curva Nord