Parma, 17 August 2022 – Ahead of our away trip to the stadio Renato Curi to face Perugia on Saturday 20 August, in our second 2022/23 Serie B fixture, we’ve delved deep into the Crociati archives and picked out one of the most memorable games against the Grifoni.

Led by Carlo Ancelotti 25 years ago, a stunning second half of the season run brought the side to within a whisker of winning the Scudetto, eventually ending up in second position and qualifying for the Champions League for the first-time ever.

 

The game on Sunday 9 March 1997 played an important role in that run.

It all happened in the first 17 minutes of play.

The hosts, led by Nevio Scala, who had only left Parma as a Club legend a few months earlier, took the lead after 11 minutes through midfielder Roberto Goretti, getting ahead of the Parma defence to strike home to make it 1-0.

But it didn’t take long for the equaliser to arrive. The ball was placed back into the centre-circle, referee Pierluigi Pairetto got play underway and a young Hernan Crespo finally made his mark, after a difficult start to his Italian adventure.

On 12 minutes, the talented Pietro Strada played a delightful ball through into the area and the Argentinian striker just nipped ahead of the onrushing goalkeeper Luca Bucci (former Parma player as well as Salvatore Matrecano, Fausto Pizzi and Marcello Castellini who also played in the game), side-stepped a defender and placed a right-foot shot into an open goal, 1-1.

The fightback was completed after 17 minutes in the way that Massimo Crippa only knew how. On the edge of the box, he fired a low, right-footed drive across the keeper to make it 1-2.

With that win, Parma cut the gap from leaders Juventus to only five points.

At the end of the campaign, the difference was only two ‘infamous’ points…

In the photos: Crociati fans at the stadio Curi (below, celebrating Parma’s second goal); goalscorers: Crespo and Crippa.