Parma, 18 March 2022 – The Crociati History of Parma vs. Lecce in the league isn’t all about the final matchday of Serie A in 1999/2000 with the surprise return of the historical white home strip emblazoned with the black cross.

There have been plenty of other intriguing encounters between the sides at the Tardini throughout the years, which have left a big mark on the century-long history of our Club.

The game played on Sunday 6 November 2005 – beneath the driving rain – is more than worth of remembrance given the importance of what was at stake, even though it was still early in the season, and especially for the two stunning goals scored that day.

Two sumptuous strikes from two wingers won the day won the game for Parma – a vital win in what was shaping up to be an intense relegation scrap.

Marco Marchioni handed the Crociati the lead in the 31st minute following a lethal counter-attack.

Marchino cut inside from the left and skipped past Giallorossi defender Lorenzo Stovini. He got into the box and unleashed a wicked effort to beat former Parma shot-stopper Vincenzo Sicignano (1-0).

In the 51st minute, Parma doubled their lead with a classic Domenico Morfeo set-piece.

Mimmo took the free-kick from the edge of the box and struck it perfectly. The bail sailed over the ball and into the top right corner of the goal in front of the home fans (2-0).

It was, however, a hard-fought game.

Bottom-of-the-table Lecce, in fact, struck the post three times in the first 25 minutes.

With that win, Parma – who had been visited by the fans while on a training camp and who, before kick-off, had been spurred on by various banners of protest – found themselves a little bit of breathing room.

Mario Beretta’s side hadn’t won at the Tardini for a month and a half before that game and the Club had already been in administration for a couple of years.

Nella foto: Parma’s Mark Bresciano and Lecce’s Marco Cassetti contest the ball.