CROCIATI HISTORY – TORINO 1-2 PARMA, APOLLONI’S FIRST SERIE A GOAL AND OUR FIRST AWAY WIN AGAINST THE GRANATA

Parma, 8 November 2018 Parma have played in 16 away league games at Torino across Serie A and B and the record is perfectly balanced.

There have been eight draws, four wins and four defeats. Played between the old and romantic Stadio Comunale and the current Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino that was refurbished for the 2006 Winter Olympics, there will be another meeting on Saturday afternoon for the first time in four years. Furthermore, many other matches in the 1990s and early 2000s took place at the Stadio Delle Alpi against Torino.

Parma’s first away win at Torino came in the 1993/94 season. It was a historic moment when the teams led by Nevio Scala and Emiliano Mondonico were representing Italian football with great dignity in Europe. In the league, the two competed for the UEFA Cup places. That year, on matchday 21 on 3 February 1994, Parma put in a display to leave with an important win in the European race.

At the end of the season, Parma finished on 41 points, seven ahead of Torino on 35 who were just behind Napoli who qualified for Europe in sixth.

That day, the defender Luigi Apolloni who was already an iconic figure at the club he represented since 1987, scored his first Serie A goal and it was a fine individual effort.

In the 26th minute, Gigi won the ball from opposing captain Luca Fusi high up the pitch, he made his way into the box unopposed before sliding it low across the oncoming Giovanni Galli.

In the second half (53’), Gianfranco Zola applied the finish from by the penalty spot after being set up by Faustino Asprilla’s attacking play on the left flank before he played it to Massimo Crippa who put in on a plate for our number ten.

A minute later, the Uruguayan Enzo Francescoli got one back with an unstoppable left-foot effort.

There was 30 minutes left to go before the final whistle but Parma were able to see out the  game and leave with the win on the road to European football.

In the slide: Luigi Apolloni