Parma, 18 October 2022 – In this edition of Crociati History, we look back on games against Bari in the Coppa Italia at the Stadio Ennio Tardini, a fixture that has taken place in a number of seasons.
They have always come at the start of the second most important domestic tournament, which Parma have won three times.
The fixture with the Apulian side, in 1997, took place in mid-October, just like tomorrow.
On Wednesday 15 October 1997, it was the first leg of the Last 16. In just a few hours, one team would be getting knocked out.
That midweek evening 25 years ago, Parma, led by Carlo Ancelotti, and taking part in the Champions League for the first time, already seemed to have booked their place in the next round at the end of the first half.
In the 35th minute, the Brazilian Adailton unleashed a left-footed shot from just inside the area, strong and accurate, beating the opposition goalkeeper, the late Francesco Mancini, to give us the lead (1-0).
It was Adailton again, on an evening of pure magic, who gloriously set up Stefano Fiore in the dying minutes before half-time, after his perfectly timed run into the box.
The midfielder then doubled the lead in the 47th minute, finishing from a right-footed pass from his teammate as they countered in tandem, side by side, towards Bari’s goal, in front of our Curva Nord (2-0).
Bari, in the 60th minute, put our place in the next round in doubt with Bari legend Gianluca Zambrotta grabbing the goal to make it 2-1.
A month later, in Puglia, Parma Calcio qualified for the quarter-finals by winning at Stadio San Nicola thanks to a goal from striker Filippo Maniero.
In the header: Stefano Fiore. In the photo: the reception from the Nord as the teams walk out onto the pitch.