Parma, 30 October 2021 –  It was the Parma Calcio of Carlo Ancelotti, who, the season before, had made a very slow start but then had gone on to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in the Club’s history.

It was the Parma Calcio of a young Argentine striker who burst onto the scene and became the highest goalscorer in Crociati history.

And it was the Lanerossi Vicenza coached by Francesco Guidolin, a surprise package that, two weeks later, won the Coppa Italia after getting the better of Napoli.

This is the memory we’re reliving the day before a fixture that, at 18:00 CEST on Monday 1 November, will be returning to the Stadio Ennio Tardini for the first time in eleven years.

On Sunday 16 May 1997, the Crociati beat the Biancorossi 3-0.

 

Pivotal to that victory was an Argentine striker who had come from Argentina and was starting to increasingly find the net in Italian football.

His name was Hernan Crespo and he scored his first hat-trick in Italy and, more in general, on European soil that afternoon.

In the 16th minute, he got on the end of an inviting right-wing cross from Brazilian full-back Zè Maria and produced a lovely first-time finish from around the penalty spot (1-0).

With 57 minutes on the clock, he met another ball in from the right flank – this time from Enrico Chiesa – and doubled Parma’s advantage with a smart diving header (2-0).

Three minutes later, following Dino Baggio’s lovely burst forward, Crespo entered the area and showed class and precision to beat the goalkeeper (3-0).

Photos: Zè Maria; Crespo’s joy after scoring; Chiesa battling away with an opponent; Curva Nord; team celebration following Hernan’s third goal. Below: Crociati supporters at kick-off.