Let me set the scene. Parma sold their two star defensive players—Gianluigi Buffon and Lillian Thuram—at the beginning of the season to Juventus.
Juventus went and won the Serie A title, whilst Parma saved themselves from relegation by the skin of their teeth with a good run of results towards the end of the season.
On that evidence, it should have been an easy Coppa Italia Final in 2002 for Juventus—particularly after taking a 2-1 lead in the first leg.
Parma clearly thought otherwise though, and managed to carve out a 1-0 victory in the second leg of the final—an amazing defensive achievement considering the standard of players they had sold earlier.
The result meant a 2-2 draw on aggregate, but a win for Parma on away goals.
Buffon didn't play a minute of the final, whereas Thuram was dropped to the bench for the second leg.
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