Parma, 19 February 2021 – On Sunday 12 November 2000, it seemed like a 0-0 stalemate would be played out at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

On matchday six of the Serie A season, Parma were pushing forward but lacking a clinical touch.

Udinese, meanwhile, were defending solidly without having to dig in too much.

In order to break the deadlock, a bit of ingenuity and invention would be required.

And with the match having entered the final six minutes, two Crociati players provided exactly these things.

Both were French midfielders blessed with talent, and both performed crucial roles in Parma’s tactical setup.

The first was Sabri Lamouchi, who looked to control proceedings in the middle of the park, and the second Johan Micoud, who operated further forward behind the Crociati’s strikers.

With Parma’s next fixture against Udinese at 12:30 CET on Sunday 21 February fast approaching, this week’s Crociati History column looks back at how this duo inspired the Ducali to a 2-0 success against the Friulani early on in the 2000/01 campaign.

During that match, the two Frenchman scored two gems, both from outside the box. Powerful and precise. Impossible for goalkeeper Luigi Turci to save.

In the 84th minute, Lamouchi received the ball just outside the D, took a touch and rifled a shot towards goal, with the ball kissing the post on the way in.

While the first was predominantly about sheer power, Parma’s second goal, which came in the 90th minute, was defined by elegance.

After cutting inside from the left, Micoud expertly picked out the far bottom corner with a stroke of his right foot.

That day, Alberto Malesani sat in the Crociati dugout wearing a shoulder brace after being involved in a frightening car accident the day before. Luckily, it wasn’t serious and he was able to lead the team to victory.

Header: Micoud in action. In the photos: Captain Lilian Thuram; Sergio Conceicao and Patrick Mboma, who almost gave Parma the lead; Lamouchi controlling proceedings; Alain Boghossian, a fighter in midfield. Below: the Curva Nord.