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CROCIATI HISTORY – LAZIO-PARMA, A PULSATING 3-2 VICTORY FROM BACK IN 2003

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Parma, 15 March 2019 – Travelling to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome has never been a task too daunting for Parma Calcio, even when facing against Società Sportiva Lazio – which is the challenge that awaits them this Sunday at 15:00 CET.

Despite suffering 15 defeats away to the Biancoceleste, the Crociati have promisingly also secured nine draws and four wins on the road.

Their first victory dates back to 14 April 1963 in Serie B – Easter Sunday. With Serie A not taking place over the weekend, a pre-recording of Lazio vs. Parma was broadcast on Rai, which was also a first for Parma.

A goal on the counter-attack from home-grown winger Corrado Corradi (originally from Salsomaggiore Terme) settled it in the 49th minute, with Parma winning 1-0.

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Alberto Recchia’s contribution was also key that day, as the iconic goalkeeper made a number of crucial interceptions and provided the ball to trigger the counter-attack that led to our goal.

Another memorable result was that of our dramatic 3-2 victory in 2003-04 – the same year of Parmalat’s mid-season bankruptcy and our narrowly lost pursuit of Champions League football.

Mark Bresciano was the man with the golden touch on Sunday 21 September 2003, as his brace helped secure all three points.

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His first goal came after just 25 seconds, as the midfielder fired in a right-footed volley following a lovely cross from Hidetoshi Nakata.

Still, with fire in his belly and lead in his boots, he then snatched the win late on with a ferocious long-range winner in the 89th minute.

Lazio had initially equalised through a free-kick from Jaap Stam in the 33rd minute before Parma then regained the lead through Adriano half an hour later.

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Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian’s goal consisted of class, poise and strength, as he weaved his way through the Lazio defence and eventually found the back of the net.

Current Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi thought he’d snatched a point in the 79th minute from a corner, yet it ultimately wasn’t enough.

Slide show: a clash between Parma’s Matteo Ferrari and Bernardo Corradi. Photos: a save from Recchia during Lazio-Parma in 1963; Nakata and Adriano in action 16 years ago,  Daniele Bonera and Marcello Castellini celebrate Bresciano’s winner; Crociati supporters.

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