Jeremy Menez and Alessio Cerci gave Milan their first away win in five months, conquering Palermo 2-1.
Pippo Inzaghi hoped to build on a win over Cagliari before the break for international duty, but was without an away victory since October. The Rosanero had lost at home only twice this season, but failed to score in the last four rounds. The absentee list included Keisuke Honda, Riccardo Montolivo, Adil Rami, Stephan El Shaarawy and Cristian Zaccardo, while the hosts missed Michel Morganella and the suspended Sinisa Andelkovic.
The Rosanero already caused a huge upset when winning 2-0 at San Siro back in November. Stefano Sorrentino had to deny Mattia Destro with a one-handed save on his deflected finish after six minutes, while Paulo Dybala curled just past the far top corner.
Franco Vazquez wasted an absolute sitter when Philippe Mexes was caught napping by Dybala, as El Mudo turned wide with only Diego Lopez to beat.
The goalkeeper got down well to beat away a Robin Quaison strike at the near post, but it was Milan who took the lead with some luck.
Marco van Ginkel broke down the right and crossed low for Alessio Cerci at the near post, but he only got it over the line thanks to a ricochet off goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino. It was nonetheless the ex-Atletico Madrid man’s first goal in a Rossoneri jersey.
Edgar Barreto had the ball in the net, but the Palermo move was correctly halted for an offside position.
Gabriel Paletta turned a free header over from a corner after the restart, Mattia Destro was halted clear on goal in a very tight offside decision and Luca Rigoni had penalty appeals.
Palermo were awarded a spot-kick when Andrea Belotti cut into the box and fell under a Paletta challenge, though the defender insisted it was a dive. Dybala stepped up to convert past Diego Lopez and equalise.
It remained open, but Jeremy Menez restored Milan’s advantage with a wonderful solo effort. He gathered the ball in the centre-circle, turned on the turbo to blaze past two defenders and lifted the finish over Sorrentino.