CROCIATI HISTORY: GEORGES GRUN ROSE UP FOR OUR FIRST WIN IN BOLOGNA

Parma, 21 November 2019 – Over a century of Parma history, the Derby dell’Emilia is a relatively young phenomenon from the past 30 years. Including the epic second leg of the relegation playoff in 2005, there have been five Parma wins on the road in Bologna.

Our next trip to Bologna with kick-off at 12:30 CET on Sunday 24th November is coming up over the horizon and as a result, we’re taking a look back at our first win at the foothills of San Luca.

It was our first meeting in the top flight and it took place on Sunday 14th April 1991.

It was a huge result for the newly-promoted Parma Calcio and a key one in helping the side finish in the European spots.

The final score was 1-3 with the winning goals coming in the final eight minutes of the match after the hosts were reduced to ten men following a red card for Hungarian attacking midfielder Lajos Detari.

Parma went ahead thanks to two goals from technical and elegant defenders who played a big role in Nevio Scala’s back three.

Especially of note was the classy Georges Grun.

In the 82nd minute, the Belgian beat young goalkeeper Marco Pilato with an intelligent header that went over the man in goal following a great assist from Swedish forward Tomas Brolin who nodded the ball square.

In the 90th minute, the skipper Lorenzo Minotti converted from the spot to make it 1-3 after the referee Walter Cinciripini pointed to the sort when the Bologna goalkeeper brought our striker Graziano Lupetto Mannari down who had come on for Alessandro Melli.

The match against Gigi Radice’s Bologna who were on their way to relegation had been rather balanced before the two late goals.

1-1 was the scoreline at the break. Melli had opened the scoring in the third minute, finishing from close-range after Enzo Gambaro’s cross from the left after a moment of indecisiveness from Bologna defender Rosario Biondo.

Swiss-Turkish forward Kubilai Turkylmaz equalised in the 37th minute as he left our backline and Brazilian Claudio Taffarel motionless.

In the slide: Georges Grun. Photo:  The Crociati’s support at the Stadio Dall’Ara for the 1991 Derby del’Emilia