UEFA Cup Last 16
08th December 1998
Parma’s credible 1-1 draw at Ibrox seemed to give their season the shot in the arm it needed as it sparked an eight-game undefeated streak. In-between the Rangers ties Parma impressively dismantled Alberto Zaccheroni’s AC Milan side 4-0, before comfortably seeing off Sampdoria 2-0 in Genoa.
Meanwhile in Scotland Rangers, struggled to a 1-1 draw at home to Dunfermline before heading to Italy, making it three games without a win for Dick Advocaat.
Parma, who hadn’t lost at home in Europe for four years started the brighter. Rangers were forced on the back foot early on with Balbo squandering a good chance of giving Parma the lead in the sixth minute. Fabio Cannavaro played a long ball in from the right and Chiesa flicked it on only for Balbo to steer it wide of the post. Rangers gave Chiesa too much room and the Finnish goalkeeper Antti Niemi twice had to scramble the ball away from the striker's feet.
Despite Parma’s good start, Rangers shocked their opponents by taking the lead against the run of play in the 29th minute when Roberto Sensini carelessly lost possession to Albertz. The German midfielder took the ball on and delivered a low strike into the corner of Buffon’s goal to put Rangers 1-0 up on the day and 2-1 ahead on aggregate.
Parma received a huge shot in the arm as the half drew to a close, When Sergio Porrini picked up his first yellow card in the 44th minute with a lunge on Veron. Then came his dismissal a minute later, leaving Rangers manager Advocaat furious.
Just two minutes after the restart Parma were level. Juan Sebastian Veron had the beating of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, his cross found Chiesa at the back post who nodded it down for Balbo to finish from close range.
Parma were soon in front, substitute Stefano Fiore let fly from the edge of the box, with his half volley leaving Antti Niemi no chance in the Rangers goal. Fiore had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes after replacing Alain Boghossian.
Parma soon made it three goals in 20 minutes as Enrico Chiesa put the tie to bed. A moment of madness from Lorenzo Amoruso gifted Parma a penalty. The Italian defender inexplicably punched the ball clear of Chiesa who was about to get on the end of Fiore’s pass, Amoruso’s poor positioning forced him into the mistake.
Cool as you like Chiesa passed the ball past Niemi, sending Parma into the quarter finals with a comfortable 4-2 aggregate win.
Parma: Buffon, Thuram, Sensini, Cannavaro, Fuser (Mussi, 84), Baggio, Boghossain (Fiore 56), Bennarivo, Veron, Balbo, Chiesa (Crespo, 74).
Substitutes not used: Nista (gk), Vanoli, Orlandini, Giunti.
Rangers: Niemi, Porrini, Hendry, Amoruso, Numan, Albertz, B. Ferguson (Miller, 81), I Ferguson, Van Bronckhorst, Wallace (Amato 73), Durie (Vidmar, 54).
Substitutes not used: Brown (gk), Stensaas, Wilson, Kanchelskis.