CROCIATI HISTORY – UDINESE VS. PARMA: THE 3-3 THRILLER IN 2007, COACH RANIERI’S FIRST POINT

BudanUdPr2007Parma, 28 August 2019 – Right out of the Crociati history books, we look back on some of our away trips to Udine in the league, where we will be in action next Sunday evening for the second matchday of Serie A TIM 2019/20 (kick-off at 20:45 CEST). There was one match in particular, a six-goal thriller, which we just had to discuss.

Of course we are talking about the exciting 3-3 draw on Sunday 25 February 2007, the sixth match of the return set of fixtures in a season where we only just avoided relegation, securing salvation on the very last day of the season.

This was our first point won with Claudio Ranieri as our Coach, who had made his debut a week earlier in the home defeat to Sampdoria after taking over from Stefano Pioli.

ClaudioRanieriIt was our striker Igor Budan who marked the beginning of a stunning succession of goals. In the 8th minute the Croatian forward received the ball and beat defender Cesare Natali, before catching the Bianconeri goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis off guard with a long shot from 30 yards out.

The hosts drew level in the 40th minute with a goal from star-striker Antonio Di Natale, who met Marco Motta’s deflected cross from the right with a diving header at the back post to put the ball into an empty net.

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Udinese’s number 10 then scored his second in the 67th minute, converting a penalty conceded by Massimo Paci after his challenged on Natali.

It was another long-distance effort that brought Parma back level. This time, after 78 minutes, the scorer was midfielder Francesco Parravicini, whose right-footed strike simply flew past De Santis, leaving the goalkeeper without a chance.

However, Nigerian midfielder Christian Obodo soon after emulated this goal for the opposition, with a powerful left-footed shot from the edge of the area to take the lead again in the 84th minute.

It wasn’t over yet.

The game saw its next bit of drama just two minutes later as Andrea Gasbarroni danced through the opposition box, eventually struck down by Czechoslovakian defender Tomas Zapotocny. The penalty was dispatched coolly by Giuseppe Rossi to make the score 3-3.

The Crociati hearts did not stop fighting until the very end. The prime example came right at the death, with Luca Bucci, Crociati legend, making a huge save to prevent Brazilian Guilherme Magdalen Siqueira from winning the game in the closing minutes.

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Main image: Igor Budan. Images from top to bottom: the Croatian striker as he scores the Crociati’s first; Coach Ranieri; Parravicini’s goal celebrations; Captain Bucci keeping his teammates calm…