Parma, 1 January 2021 – Fans of the Crociati will of course remember historical matches between Parma and Torino down the years, like the victory on 21 January 2007 with a goal by Giuseppe Rossi who had just returned from England, or the hat-tricks of Faustino Asprilla in 1993 and Amauri in 2013, but famous also is the fantastic heel-flick goal by Alessandro Lucarelli.

It was scored by our talismanic captain on 6 January 2014 (matchday 8 of the top flight).

It was Parma’s first game of that calendar year, as it will be in 2021 once the contest with the Granata has begun, scheduled for next Sunday, 3 January, at the Stadio Ennio Tardini on matchday 15 in Serie A (kick-off is at 15:00 CET).

On that euphoric afternoon seven years ago, the visiting team immediately gave us a hard time by taking the lead.
In the 21st minute, the Toro penetrated our defence with a swift counter attack.

Matteo Darmian, having been played though down the right-hand channel by Alessio Cerci, got his head up and delivered a low cross that Ciro Immobile had no problems in slotting into Antonio Mirante’s goal (0-1).

Our equaliser on 34 minutes was remarkably similar.

Our flying right-back Mattia Cassani moved down the right channel. Instead of crossing it into the centre, however, he delivered the ball to the edge of the box where Marchino Marchionni hit it with a sweet right-footed volley to beat goalkeeper Daniele Padelli (1-1).

Lucarelli’s spectacular effort occurred in the 44th minute, after Amauri (crossbar) and Jonathan Biabiany (just wide) had both almost grabbed the second goal.

From a corner taken from the left, the Captain found a bit of space and met it with his right heel, wrongfooting the Torino defence (2-1).

In the 70th minute, Amauri, the absolute star of the game for the Crociati, wrapped up the match (3-1), returning to the scoresheet after a brief drought.

Our striker received the ball on the semi-circle at the edge of the box, protected it from the defender, advanced and scored with a left-footed finish. A majestic bit of play in front of the Curva Nord and a kiss of the badge to go with it.

It was the seventh successive positive result for our team, who, along with Torino, contested for the last available Europa League place right up until the final day of the season.

Header: The jubilation of Lucarelli, celebrated by his teammates after his fantastic, heeled goal. In the photos: Afriyie Acquah up against Torino captain Kamil Glik; Cassani preparing to deliver the winning assist for Marchionni; Marchionni volleying in the then equaliser, watched by the referee Carmine Russo di Nola; the elegance of Lucarelli in action; the unbridled joy of Amauri upon returning to the scoresheet. Below: the supporters of the Curva Nord.