Parma, 9 September 2021 – Precisely five years ago, for the first time in Crociati history, an away league match was played with Pordenone.

It was an epic match, one that remains etched in the memories and hearts of the club and the fans.

The victory, obtained on Saturday 17 September 2016 at Pordenone’s Stadio Velodromo Ottavio Bottecchia on matchday five of Group B in Lega Pro, was the result of a legendary comeback.

It was sealed thanks to Manuel Nocciolini who was not just satisfied with scoring his first goal in our colours, he also went on to score a hat-trick.

This is the memory that automatically awakens in the hearts of Parma fans as we approach the next instalment of Pordenone vs. Parma, scheduled for Sunday 12 September at 20:30 CEST, this time at Stadio Giulio Teghil in Lignano Sabbiadoro, for matchday three of Serie B 2021/22.

That evening, the team still led by coach Luigi Apolloni gave a great demonstration of pride, determination, and unity of the group.

Captain Alessandro Lucarelli and his teammates recovered a match in which there seemed to be little hope at the start of the second half, as they went down by two goals against the momentary leaders.

A brace from Rachid Arma had put the Crociati on the backfoot.

The Moroccan striker converted a penalty after just two minutes of play, awarded by the referee Luca Massimi of Termoli for a handball by Lucarelli (1-0), and in the 54th minute he doubled his tally by heading home a cross from the right from his teammate Riccardo Martignago, leaping higher than our defender Momo Coly to reach the ball (2-0).

Emanuele Calaiò had come close to equalising before the break (39′), as he hit the post to the left of goalkeeper Matteo Tomei, with a looping header from the penalty spot.

Nocciolini cut into their advantage in the 58th minute, using his left foot to volley it into the net after being set up with a wonderful cross from the opposite corner of the box by Daniele ‘Micio’ Melandri, who had just come on two minutes prior in place of Coly (1-2).

Just a few moments later, in the 60th minute, the BarbaBomber re-established parity in the game (2-2) by jumping higher than anyone else to head home a beautiful cross from the right.

Now brimming with confidence, Nocciolini found himself in the right place in the 83rd minute to slot home the rebound with his right after a thunderous Giacomo Ricci effort cannoned back off the intersection of the post and crossbar (2-3).

Our number nine took off his jersey to celebrate and ran towards the Away Section, climbing the slope at the side of the Bottecchia Velodrome to share the joy with the Crociati fans.

Kristaps Zommers kept the scoreline as it was in the 90th minute with a good diving save down low to keep out a dangerous shot from distance by Emanuele Berrettoni.

Parma then scored a fourth in the 94th minute with Calaiò, who deserved a goal.

Manu took advantage of a mistake in the Neroverde defence. After teasing the defenders with several class touches, he let fly with a left-footed shot to make it 2-4.

In the header: Nocciolini runs toward the away section after the third goal. In the photos: The Crociat team before kick-off, during a minute’s silence for former President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who passed away a day before this match; Felice Evacuo and Calaiò in a Parma attacking move; the Crociati support; Coach Apolloni in the dugout; a header from our midfielder Manuel Scavone; the BarbaBomber celebrating the winning goal with the fans; the team’s joy at the final whistle; Nocciolini with the game ball to honour his hat-trick.