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Gianluigi Buffon celebrates Parma's comeback after 20 years and fails

Gianluigi Buffon celebrates Parma’s comeback after 20 years and fails

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon missed the win in his first competitive game for Parma in more than two decades. The 43-year-old conceded the late goal to 2:2 (1:1) at Frosinone Calcio with the side that were relegated at the start of the second division and did not look good. Prior to that, however, he had shown a good overall performance.

Buffon, who started in his 27th professional season, responded brilliantly initially to Frosinone’s lead before conceding the first goal. But when Alessio Zerbin shot, he was helpless. But Gabriel Charpentier’s header in the 89th minute with a score of 2-2 looked very solid.

Coach Frosinone was an old friend of Buffons in Fabio Grosso: both became world champions in Germany in 2006, Grosso scored the decisive goal 1-0 after extra time in the semi-final against the German Football Association.

Buffon was against Parma in 2001

Buffon had last stood on June 17, 2001 in the 3-1 defeat to Roma in the goal of the club still called AC Parma. It was then that he met the symbols of the storm Francesco Totti, Vincenzo Montella and Gabriel Batistuta.

Longtime national goalkeeper Buffon returned to Parma from Juventus Turin in the summer, starting his professional career in 1995 under later Dortmund coach Nevio Scala and alongside stars such as Hristo Stoichkov, Fernando Cotto and Gianfranco Zola.

In Parma he signed a contract until 2023 – an extension is not excluded. “I’m sure I can play well in the next four or five years,” he said.