Parma, 8 January 2021 – It was a Sunday afternoon in January.

Parma had not won a league game in a month in a half since the away win in Cagliari.

The length of time since winning at our own Ennio Tardini Stadium was even longer.

The last time that our team imposed themselves on home soil goes back two and a half months earlier, when they beat Juventus.

In the Curva Nord a banner was hung to encourage Nevio Scala’s men, which was then kept and reused in successive years when circumstances required it.

On it in large letters was written: “NO SURRENDER!”.

It is this match with Lazio at the Tardini, played on 23 January 1994, that we look at for Crociati History, ahead of our next home fixture against the Biancocelesti from Rome, scheduled for Sunday 10 January as part of matchday 17 of Serie A Tim 2020/21 (15:00 CET).

Our return to winning ways was brought about by two beautiful goals, scored at either end of the match.

In the 3rd minute we took the lead through a wonderfully executed strike by Alberto Di Chiara.

On a left-sided corner drawn by Gianfranco Zola, Lazio defender Mauro Bonomi cleared the ball but only as far as the left edge of the area, where it was collected and unloaded with a right footed strike by our full back.

It was a powerful and accurate strike. A thunderbolt which goalkeeper Luca Marchegiani could do nothing about (1-0).

The second goal did not arrive until the 89th minute, which delivered the final score (2-0).

It was scored by Faustino Asprilla, just a moment after having wasted yet another opportunity, this time from an inviting cross by Di Chiara after a long run down his channel.

Tino, just two feet away from Marchegiani, got the ball stuck between his feet, shot straight at Bonomi, but then remedied himself immediately and took advantage of his acrobatic skills.

With his right foot he regained the ball, flicked it up to himself and on the half-turn he managed to put it in the back of the net with an extraordinary overhead kick.

He celebrated underneath the Curva Nord with his trademark somersault.

It was one of the technical manoeuvres of Asprilla that remains in the annals of Parma Calcio.

In the arc of the match, in between these two goals at the beginning and the end, our side were able to create several scoring opportunities without capitalising on them.

The wasted opportunities lied mainly with the Colombian striker, who was set up by midfielders Massimo Crippa and Gabriele Pin, by fellow striker Tomas Brolin and by the creativity of one Gianfranco Zola.

The greatest chance was a missed penalty in the 73rd minute, awarded by referee Angelo Amendolia for a foul on Brolin by Claudio Sclosa.

Our number ten hit the woodwork from eleven metres, at the junction of crossbar and post to the left of the goalkeeper.

That victory over Lazio represented a turning point in the season.

About ten days later, Parma triumphed away at AC Milan to win the European Super Cup.

Header: the two protagonists of the match, Asprilla in the foreground and Di Chiara behind him. Below: the Curva Nord with the “NO SURRENDER!” banner.