Parma, October 2020 – During a monumental season in Crociati History, there’s a story of survival won by tooth and nail in 2004/05. Parma Calcio turned up to San Siro in just the right frame of mind to take on Inter, who we had only beaten away from home once – in 1999 – until that point.

With a few hours to go until our next Serie A outing at the home of the Nerazzurri, we would like to relive that game from 16 years ago. The most impressive thing: the spirit, with which our team played despite not having won in three games.

We didn’t quite manage to on that Sunday in September 2004 either, but we were very close. In the Scala del Calcio, we made a great team suffer, forcing them to chase the game and slump to a 2-2 draw.

We took the lead (0-1) in the 17th minute with a fantastic goal from Alberto Gilardino, his first of the season.

Gila freed himself with an extraordinary feat of technique and athleticism.

Marco Marchionni swung in the corner from the right; Gilardino’s volleyed shot on the turn was unstoppable for Inter goalkeeper Francesco Toldo.

Our striker’s celebration contained a hint of controversy, as it was aimed at his critics after a goal drought.

The hosts picked up in the second half after head coach Roberto Mancini decided to play more on the front foot, sending on Obafemi Martins and Alvaro Recoba in place of Christian Vieri and Edgar Davids.

It was the Nigerian striker, who got Inter level in the 71st minute.

He trapped the ball with his right and beat our shot-stopper Sebastien Frey with his left, benefitting from a mistimed jump from our defender Fabio Cannavaro as he tried to clear the ball as it rebounded off the crossbar from Dutch midfielder Ander Van der Meyde’s effort.
Parma, who had squandered many chances to double their lead before the break, got back in front just three minutes later.

Marchionni made a great run into the box to finish Domenico Morfeo’s sumptuous ball forward. Parma were 2-1 up.

Inter rescued a point just before full-time.

In the 82nd minute, it was Oba Oba Martins again for the Nerazzurri. This time he equalised with a left-footed effort from the edge of the box after a one-two with Recoba, which resulted from a move started by former Parma player Juan Sebastian Veron.

Header: Gilardino celebrates with Cannavaro and Matteo Contini. Photos: Gila hailed by Daniele Bonera, Fabio Simplicio and Alessandro Potenza after his goal; Mark Bresciano and Morfeo confront Inter captain Javier Zanetti; Alessandro Budel with Van der Meyde; Contini, on his Serie A debut, marking Adriano; Michionni in action, Recoba contests the ball with Simplicio, his first start for Parma. Below: the away fans at San Siro.