Parma, 29 January 2021 – In Crociati History, as it happens, league matches at the San Paolo stadium in Napoli, recently renamed the Diego Armando Maradona stadium, have tended to produce positive results.

There have been five wins there, including four in the 2000s.

The most recent win occurred on Saturday, December 14 2019, when we won by a 1-2 scoreline.

We also achieved the same result ten years ago, on Saturday 15 October 2011. It was another evening fixture.

Today we relive the emotions of that Neapolitan evening, while waiting for the next installment of Napoli vs. Parma, scheduled for Sunday 31 January (18.00 CET) for the 20th matchday of Serie A Tim 2020/2021.

The plot developed throughout the second half, with the main protagonists being our players operating down the left wing, Massimo Gobbi  and Francesco Modesto.

We took the lead in the 57th minute with a goal from Gobbi, who was able to nestle the ball behind goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis after a fabulous back-heel assist provided by Sergio Floccari.

Our number 18 heard the call from our striker as he entered the box and finished calmy underneath the goalkeeper (0-1).

Even the momentary leveler for the hosts, in the 72nd minute, came from a wonderful back heel.

The magic this time was provided by Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi. The Argentine striker, with this flash of genius, freed his team-mate Giuseppe Mascara down a vertical channel towards our goal, and away from defender Salvatore Aronica. Mascara did not hesitate to score (1-1).

Napoli seemed to be rising to the occasion, spurred on by the incessant noise of their fans.

The Azzurri side and the entire stadium were terrified going into the home straight, after a deadly counter-attack by Parma sealed their fate, just moments away from referee Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni’s final whistle (82′).

Francesco Valiani, who came on to replace Jonathan Biabiany, opened the play up on the right for Sebastian Giovinco.

The talented Atomic Ant delivered an inviting cross into the middle of the six yard box, where it was easy for Francesco Ciccio Modesto to slot home (1-2).

Napoli, who had the opportunity to reach first place in the standings, albeit momentarily, tried everything in the final stages (four minutes of added time were played), but failed to turn the situation around.

Our goalkeeper Antonio Mirante made a fine save on a dangerous header from Christian Maggio and the Uruguayan striker, El Matador, Edinson Cavani hit the post on the rebound.

It was the seventh matchday of Serie A 2011/2012. For Parma it was the first away win of the season.

Header: Gobbi’s joy, together with Floccari, after the opening goal. In the photos: Gobbi has just beaten De Sanctis; Parma celebrate their first goal; Giovinco in action against Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro; Modesto goes crazy with happiness after scoring the second; Coach Franco Colomba rejoices at the final whistle; Mirante directs our defense; the final celebration underneath the away section of the San Paolo, led by Captain Alessandro Lucarelli. Below: The Crociati fans that came to Napoli to support Parma.