Parma, May 2021 – Ahead of our next – and final – Serie A game of the 2020/21 season, which takes place on Saturday 23 May at 20:45 CEST, we go back ten years in Crociati history to our league game against Sampdoria, away in Genoa.

On the afternoon of Sunday 20 March 2011, a goal from centre-half Christian Zaccardo was enough to secure a win for Parma, in a tough game that lacked any real football owing to both sides’ fear of relegation.

The World Cup winner got the decider with a classic goal.

On 65 minutes, he met Massimo Gobbi‘s cross from the left with a header worthy of a centre-forward: 0-1.

Nothing doing for the Blucerchiato keeper, Gianluca Curci.

The hosts, not long after, had a golden opportunity to equalise.

The referee, Paolo Valeri, gave a soft penalty to them after 73 minutes for a foul by Gobbi on Massimo Volta.

Forward Massimo Maccarone, a former Parma player who made a couple of appearances for us in 2004/05, fluffed his lines from twelve yards.

He fired the ball high over the bar of Antonio Mirante’s goal.

To their credit, Parma were calmly able to manage the high tension of the match.

Above all, Gabriel Paletta and Zaccardo’s defensive displays (in addition to the latter’s goal) deserved praise, as did the performance put in by Amauri, a centre-forward whose work-rate for the team was indispensable.

In the header: Zaccardo’s screams of joy after scoring, surrounded by Sebastian Giovinco and Antonio Candreva. In the photos: Blerim Dzemaili and Daniele Dessena jostle; the Crociati’s ecstasy; Gobbi pressured by Federico Macheda; Paletta tackles Maccarone; Captain Stefano Morrone chases Andrea Poli; Poli watches on as Giovinco plays the ball; Aerial intervention from Francesco Valiani. Below: The Parma fans in the away stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris and a nod from Sampdoria’s supporters to the historic ‘twinning’ between the two sets of supporters.