Parma, 9 December 2021 – When we think of our past league matches against Perugia at the Tardini, Parma Calcio’s biggest victory (5-0) in Serie A certainly comes to mind.

That said, however, the Crociati’s history is full of other matches against the Umbrians that have left their mark.

As we approach the next episode of Parma vs. Perugia, taking place on Sunday 12 December (14:00 CET) on matchday 17 of Serie B 2021/2022, we relive the match that took place in the early stages of our team’s best season under the guidance of Claudio Cesare Prandelli.

It was our first home fixture of the 2003/2004 Serie A season, after a solid opening day away at Bologna (2-2).

Sunday 14 September 2003.

It was a definitive and merciless 3-0 victory, marked by the brilliance of Adriano, as well as that of Alberto Gilardino, who, like the week prior, came off the bench to score.

The Crociati took the lead in the 26th minute.

Mark Bresciano capitalised on a rebound from Domenico Morfeo’s initial shot on goal.

Receiving the ball from Mimmo, the Australian midfielder took advantage of defender Marco Di Loreto’s indecision, before skipping past two other opponents and placing the ball just inside the far post to make it 1-0.

The second came in the 49th minute, when Adriano converted a penalty awarded by referee Massimiliano Saccani following a handball from the Biancorossi’s Moroccan defender Jamal Alioui.

The Brazilian striker beat Australian goalkeeper Zeijko Kalac with a left-footed strike that was more precise than powerful (2-0).

Then, once again, Adriano was unleashed, on a day where everything he touched turned to gold: in the 82nd minute, he latched onto a long ball from Simone Barone, one of our standout players in the second half. The Brazilian flicked a header into the box for Gilardino.

Gila skillfully controlled the flick-on before scoring with his right to make it 3-0.

In the photos: the fans in the Curva Nord at the beginning of the match; Hidetoshi Nakata in action; Barone, about to head the ball; Adriano’s celebration after scoring his penalty. Below: another glimpse of the Curva Nord during Parma v Perugia on 14 September 2003.