Parma, 7 November 2019 – Fourteen years ago Parma Calcio were fighting to avoid relegation from Italy’s top division. The road to survival, which culminated in June with an epic Emilia Derby played over both games against Bologna, was made up of heroic steps.
One such step was a victory over Roma on Sunday 8 May 2005 at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.
And so it seems appropriate to look back at that match against the Giallorossi, one of many epic encounters between the two sides, ahead of the game on Sunday 10 November on matchday twelve of Serie A. Kick-off is scheduled for 18:00 CET.
The match very quickly became an uphill battle for the Crociati. The visitors, led by interim Coach Bruno Conti, a Roma icon who had replaced Luigi Delneri in March, were without the suspended Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi, but that didn’t stop them taking a lead in just the fourth minute.
It was Antonio Cassano who bagged himself a goal. He unleashed a deadly right-footed shot from the edge of the area after winning a battle with our Brazilian midfielder Fabio Simplico (0-1).
The ball beat our French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey as it kissed the left-hand post and nestled in the back of the net.
The talented goalscorer from Bari dedicated his celebration to his team’s absent captain and he pulled up his shirt to reveal the message “You will always be our great captain”.
Our boys, coached by Pietro Gedeone Carmignani, put in an ineffective and inconsistent first-half showing with only a couple of counterattacks worth mentioning, but they were a totally different side during the second 45 minutes.
The experience Gedone made a half-time substitute, withdrawing defender Daniele Bonera and replacing him with the attacking midfielder Fabio Vignaroli. He then set up his team with a back three for the second half (Captain Beppe Cardone, Cesare Bovo and Matteo Contini).
The new set-up gave Parma greater attacking thrust and a greater presence in their opponent’s half.
The Crociati won a free-kick just outside the area in the 62nd minute: the perfect position for Domenico Morfeo to show off his party piece (1-1).
Mimmo struck the ball with that left foot of his and the ball flew through the wall, bounced in front of the goal and beat Gianluca Curci, the Roma goalkeeper, who watched the ball nestle in the right-hand corner of his net.
The match seemed to be heading for a draw until the 77th minute when Curci brought down our striker Alberto Gilardino inside the area.
The referee Matteo Trefoloni pointed to the spot and Gila picked himself up, dusted himself down and buried the penalty (2-1).
Coach Carmignani immediately returned to a back four with Paolo Cannavaro replacing the Colombian midfielder Jorge Bolano, in an attempt to secure the win. Three minutes from time he made his final change, bringing on Olive in the place of Simplicio.
An important win and three vital points for the Crociati.
In the banner: Morfeo celebrates with Contini and Bovo after his free-kick goal. In the photos: Cassano and Morfeo’s celebrations after their goals; Curci fouling Gilardino in the box; Gila’s joy; Contini and Olive defending against a Roma attack in the final moments. Below: the Curva Nord and their banner before the match.