Parma, 21 October 2021 – Parma Calcio head to the Stadio Oreste Granillo in Reggio Calabria this Sunday to take on Reggina, 13 years after the last meeting between the two, which is the story we bring to you today.

A trip to the deep south has never been easy for the Crociati.

Parma have only won twice in Reggio Calabria, drawing twice and, four times, coming home with the bitter taste of defeat.

We’ve dug up another piece of Crociati History for you today, this time we’ll be bringing you the story of the most recent of Parma’s two wins right on the toe of the Italian peninsular.

It was Sunday 10 April 2005, during that Serie A season in which we achieved survival with an incredible draw against Bologna in June.

Gedeone Carmignani’s boys put in their best away performance of a tough season on that day.

It was one of Domenico Morfeo’s best days as he bagged a brace and also provided an assist for Fabio Simplicio.

Mimmo’s first goal broke the equilibrium of the game

It came in the 21st minute. Alberto Gilardino held the ball up well under pressure in the box and laid it off for Andrea Pisanu. He then found Morfeo, who lifted it beyond goalkeeper Nicola Pavarini to make it 1-0.

Ten minutes later (31’), Parma hit the post through a Renato Olive header, who met Pisanu’s corner.

The Crociati doubled their lead just after the break. Morfeo let fly from outside the box, leaving no chance for the Reggina defence and Salvatore Soviero, who had come off the bench to replace the injured Pavarini (2-0 to Parma).

It could have been the knockout blow for Reggina but the hosts reacted well.

The Amaranto halved the deficit in the 54th minute through Brazilian midfielder Santo Batista Mozart, who converted from the penalty spot after referee Daniele Tombolini had awarded the spot-kick for a foul on Giacomo Tedesco by captain Beppe Cardone.

Then, Reggina had two clear chances to bring themselves level through Emiliano Bonazzoli and Mozart.

But our mercurial number ten, with a touch of sheer class, ended the game as a contest.

In the 63rd minute, he brilliantly set up Simplicio to score; Mimmo placed it on a dime in the box for an easy finish past Soviero (3-1 to Parma).

Despite being two goals to the good, Parma somehow managed to make life more difficult for themselves following a sending-off to Mark Bresciano in the 65th minute.

The Australian midfielder, who replaced Fabio Vignaroli in the 60th minute, picked up two bookings in the space of five minutes.

Cardone and Co, however, dug deep and defended with grit and determination for the remaining half an hour to come away with all three points.

That was Reggina’s fourth consecutive defeat as relegation loomed, but the Amaranto turned it around and ended the season in tenth.

Parma, who had just come off the back of a good draw in the UEFA Cup away at Austria Wien, momentarily moved above Chievo Verona and Fiorentina with this win in Reggio Calabria.

Photos: Morfeo celebrates his second goal and the Crociati fans at the Granillo.