Rain delays are for sissies. Postponements are for chumps.
In Italy, it seems, the phrase "soggy pitch" is apparently open to interpretation. On Wednesday, Parma came from behind to defeat Roma 3-2 in a Serie A match that featured goals, blood and rain.
Lots and lots of rain. As in, enough water to postpone a World Cup qualifier.
But this match was not postponed. Oh no.
The pitch was barely playable, but play they did. And it actually turned into a pretty entertaining match.
Roma took the lead through Argentine Erik Lamela, but Parma scored the next three goals through Ishak Belfodil, Marco Parolo and Cristian Zaccardo.
Francesco Totti scored a consolation goal for Roma in the second half, converting a rebound after his penalty was saved. But the Giallorossi could not find an equalizer and fell to seventh in the table (one spot behind Parma) with the loss.
The wet and wild video of the match appears above. It's the Set Piece Video of the Day. Enjoy.
(For American fans, there's plenty of footage of U.S. international Michael Bradley. Just look for the pale white dome.)
Apart from the rain, it's worthwhile to point out that Roma are becoming accustomed to this kind of match. That is, they've been involved in a lot of high-scoring matches and comebacks this season.
Earlier in October, Zdenek Zeman's team came from behind to defeat Genoa 4-2. Last weekend, however, Roma took the lead before losing to Bologna.
Now, after this latest thriller, Roma have both the highest-scoring offense (22 goals scored) and most-porous defense (19 allowed) in the league.
How's that for a calling card?