Parma, 23 January 2021 – In Crociati History, among the league matches played at Ennio Tardini stadium against Sampdoria, one of the most exciting was the match played on Sunday 12 March 1995.

It is this goal-filled (3-2) victory of ours that we recall on the eve of the newest meeting with Sampdoria, who Parma Calcio will host tomorrow, Sunday 24 January (20:45 CET), as part of matchday 19 of Serie A Tim 2020/21.

On that Sunday afternoon in Parma twenty-six years ago, the game was the twenty-sixth fixture in the top flight (the sixth of the second round).

Our flag was flying high in second place in the table, four points away from leaders Juventus.

Captain Lorenzo Minotti and his team mates were fired up and eager to take revenge for the defeat they suffered in the first round in Genoa.

They dominated the first half which finished with them two goals to the good, scored within the space of three minutes.

They got up and running in the 19th minute when they took the lead with a header from Gianfranco Zola.

Our playmaker, despite his stature, rose undisturbed to header in a well measured cross into the box from left-back Alberto Di Chiara, after some good progression down his wing (1-0).

Zola celebrated by climbing on the crossbar of Walter Zenga’s goal for a short few moments.

Excited and inspired, our number ten set up teammate Faustino Asprilla with a back-heel assist in the 22nd minute.

Tino met it with a right-footed shot, at the end of insistent and dangerous attacking play around the opposition box (2-0).

Shortly after, the Colombian striker linked up again with Zola and came close on two occasions to making it 3-0. First he was stopped by Zenga, then on the second chance the goalkeeper was beaten but he hit his shot against the post.

Things changed in the second half, when the visitors, rallied at half-time by their coach Sven Goran Eriksson, made up the two-goal deficit.

On 55 minutes they cut the gap with an Attilio Lombardo penalty awarded by referee Livio Bazzoli, for a foul committed by Antonio Beniglione on Roberto Mancini (2-1).

Ruud Gullit equalised in the 65th minute.

The Dutch striker ended up face to face with Luca Bucci in the six-yard box and scored to finish off a good flowing move by Sampdoria: Mancini spread the ball wide to the right for Lombardo, who sent in an inviting cross to the centre (2-2).

Parma, who seemed to be in difficulty and close to capitulation, were facing a great test of character and picked their heads up accordingly.

The most talented players on the team took the game into their own hands.

Zola sent Asprilla through on goal once more, this time under the Curva Nord. Tino was fouled by Zenga on his way out. The referee awarded another penalty.

Our number ten missed from the penalty spot. His kick was angled too far to the keeper’s left and hit the base of the post.

He did not let that stop him, however, as in the 74th minute he finished off a flying move with a left-footed shot, just feet away from the goal, meeting the low cross sent in by from the left wing, again by Di Chiara (3-2).

 

Header: Zola, man of the match for Parma, taking on English playmaker David Platt of Sampdoria. In the photos: the teams entering onto the pitch and the loyal fans of the Curva Nord.