Roberto Baggio’s infamous spat with Marcelo Lippi had reached it’s worst phase towards the end of 1999/2000 season. The effect of internal tensions had a damning effect on a star studded Inter team which struggled to challenge for the title. Inter finished level on points with Parma, tied for the last UCL spot. A play-off match in Verona ensued between these two teams to determine who would go the UCL. Massimo Moratti reportedly had made the decision to keep either Baggio or Lippi at the club. Lippi had to get his team into UCL in order to save his job. Inter had a strong team but their job was not easy, facing a Parma outfit boasting of Hernan Crespo, Lilian Thuram and Fabio Cannavaro in their lineup. A young and upcoming ‘keeper named Gianluigi Buffon kept the goal for Inter’s opponent.

Despite knowing the fact that Inter’s progression to UCL would end his Nerazzuri career, Il Divino Codino turned on his style. Inter lost Bobo Vieri early on due to an injury but this was Roberto Baggio’s day. Baggio scored two exquisite goals, giving Buffon no chance to stop either. Deep into injury time Ivan Zamorano added a third goal to calm Inter nerves. Lippi’s job was saved but the man who saved his job was forced to exit.

In a lot of ways this match signified the best things about Serie A in its golden decade. Two great teams fighting each other in an end to end match.

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  1. Yoon (Malaysia) says:

    It shows what a passionate footballer Roby is during his professional days…. a great player for the game but a greater man for life

  2. sofwan says:

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