Parma, 1 March 2021 – It was a March evening at the Tardini.

Parma, who were battling relegation in Serie A, were facing off against Inter, who were third in the table.

There was a 30-point gap between the two teams, but that night, out on the pitch underneath the Parma sky, this points difference meant nothing.

The Crociati, led by Mario Beretta, beat Roberto Mancini’s Nerazzurri.

It was a narrow victory (1-0) achieved thanks to talent and character.

It was Saturday 26 March 2006. The game was the early fixture on matchday 31 in Serie A.

The away side started in full gear, but our boys knew how to resist Javier Zanetti and his teammates’ aggressive start.

After the first 15 minutes had passed, we returned fire with some dangerous counter-attacking play.

Marco Marchionni, pressed hard by the Inter defence, was the playmaker in many of our attacking moves, while Mark Bresciano was also a big threat too.

The first real goalscoring opportunities of the game, however, were denied by our goalkeeper Luca Bucci, one of the true stars of that evening.

21 minutes in, he dived to make a fingertip save on a dangerous shot from Uruguayan attacker Alvaro Recoba.

He then punched away an attempt from the Brazilian defender Cesar, who had let fly from inside the box.

The goal that brought us the win was scored moments later.

39 minutes in, our midfielder Bernardo Corradi made a determined run down the left wing and crossed the ball into the middle of the area.

The Cameroon defender Pierre Womè made a hash of things and Fabio Simplicio took advantage of the opportunity with great tenacity, firing past Francesco Toldo from just over six yards out in front of the Curva Nord.

The second half was very tense, with Inter trying to equalise and Parma managing to create a few opportunities to try and increase their lead.

Bucci turned behind a powerful shot from the former Parma player Adriano at the start of the second half following an irresistible move from the Brasilian attacker.

Shortly afterwards, Toldo kept out Corradi’s close-range effort and saved Besciano’s sumptuous free kick.

In the closing stages, Bucci once again saved the day, stopping two headers from Inter’s Argentine footballers.

In the 86th minute, he got hands to Julio Ricardo Cruz’s effort and then, in stoppage time, stretched to pull off a fine stop to prevent Esteban Cambiasso from grabbing an equaliser.

Beretta’s Parma side thus recorded their fourth consecutive victory, moving them up to tenth in the table thanks to a 38-point haul.

That positive run of games and a convincing performance against one of the biggest names in the league effectively saved the Crociati from a relegation battle.

It was this piece of Crociati history that we wanted to relive ahead of Parma vs. Inter on Thursday 4 March (20:45 CET), with the Nerazzurri at the top of the league and the Ducali in the lower reaches.

Header: Simplicio’s celebration together with Vincenzo Grella following the former’s goal. In the photos: Daniele Bonera versus Zanetti; Bresciano and Dejan Stankovic battling away; Coach Beretta; Bucci celebrating while facing the Curva Nord; Daniele Dessena tackling Womè; Paolo Cannavaro and Cesar in action; Corradi getting in front of Marco Materazzi; Fernando Couto sliding in on Recoba; the final celebrations from the Crociati with Damiano Ferronetti in the foreground. Below: the Curva Nord.