Parma, 24 April 2022 – It’s been nineteen years since the Crociati last won a league game at the Stadio Renato Curi in Perugia.

It was a night under the lights, from the postponed matchday 22 of the 2002/2003 Serie A season.

Conditions were similar to those expected tomorrow evening, Monday 25 April (20:30) for matchday 36 of this season’s Serie B.

On Sunday 23 February 2003, Claudio Cesare Prandelli’s team, were winning in Umbria in convincing fashion, as they began to establish themselves at the top of the tree.

In the 30th minute, a goal from a free-kick, a fair distance from goal, was awarded by the referee, Paolo Bertini, for a foul by Fabio Grosso on Parma’s Hidetoshi Nakata to break the deadlock.

Adriano stuck the ball with his left, with unimaginable power, following Captain Sabri Lamouchi’s layoff.

It was an absolute rocket, which Željko Kalac simply couldn’t keep out.

The Australian goalkeeper of Croatian descent was deceived by the bounce of the ball right in front of him, as he reached out despairingly, but to no avail (0-1).

The hosts found the leveller 51 minutes in, with a cross-field ball from Fabio Grosso, that was finished smartly by playmaker Fabrizio Miccoli, fed by Sean Sogliano (1-1).

Twenty minutes later, in the 71st minute, the Umbrians were having their best spell of the game, but Parma struck them by surprise in clinical fashion.

The lead came courtesy of central defender, Matteo Ferrari, who headed home following a well-worked free-kick from Adrian Mutu, as he put it on a plate for his teammate (1-2).

The scoreline was to remain unchanged, despite the Crociati striking Kalac’s left post on two occasions.

The first came from Mutu’s free-kick (76′), then Alberto Gilardino’s effort just a few yards out (85′).

In the photos: amidst the action during that evening in Perugia, Nakata, Adriano, Emanuele Filippini and Mutu. Below: the Crociati following.