Parma, 9 February 2022 – This time as part of our Crociati History series, we’re taking a look back at an edition of Parma vs. Pordenone that was full of emotion, turmoil and ultimate joy.

It was five years ago almost to the day.

It was the evening on Sunday 5 February 2017.

The occasion: matchday 24 of Lega Pro group B.

The two sides were battling for second place in the table behind leaders Venezia, who held a slim lead over the chasing pack but who showed no signs of letting up.

We broke the deadlock in just ten minutes.

It was midfielder Manuel Scavone who scored, turning home Manuel Nocciolini’s cross to make it 1-0.

The guests brought themselves level in the 29th minute from the spot after a penalty was awarded by referee Antonio Giua for a foul by Scavone on Rachid Arma.


The Moroccan striker stepped up the take the penalty that he had won. His shot hit the crossbar and then ricocheted off the back of Parma ‘keeper Pierluigi Frattali and into the back of the net (1-1).

Pordenone then took the lead in the 42nd minute through Gianvito Misuraca, who capitalised on an error by young defender Lorenzo Saporetti and curled it home from outside the box (1-2).

That Crociati spirit began to shine through in the second half.

Parma had numerous chances to equalize but it went down to the wire.

It went down in front of the Curva Nord at the Tardini, who had been supporting the team with incessant passion in the driving rain.

In the 89th minute, Yves Baraye, who had hit the bar in the 55th minute, swung in a high, looping ball towards Gianni Munari to head it home (2-2).

Not content with settling for a point, the Crociati went for it in added time.

Emanuele Calaiò came up trumps in the 92nd minute with a stunning bicycle kick.

The Archer slammed the ball home following Matteo Scozzarella after the ball dropped to him following an involuntary flick-on from a defender (3-2).

The ball fizzed into the top left corner.

The Tardini absolutely erupted.

Everyone affiliated with Parma in the ground that day went wild, in the stands of the Curva, in the seats of the main stand and those out in the mud on the pitch.

It was a game that has gone down in Crociati History.

It was inevitable that we should hark back to that unforgettable game as we approach another edition of Parma vs. Pordenone (Saturday 12 February at 14:00 CET).

Photos: Scavone’s goal and celebration; Noccionli drives down the right wing; Pasquale Mazzocchi and Munari involved in two duels; Munari’s goal; Calaiò’s winner; the Archer mobbed by his teammates; the unbridled joy of the group. Below; the fans on the Curva Nord.