SERIE A MATCH REPORT

Serie A Week 14 - 2 Dec 2018 (11.30 UK)
Milan 2 - 1 Parma
Inglese 48 (P), Cutrone 55 (M), Kessie pen 70 (M)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza

Milan completed another comeback from a goal down to beat Parma with a Patrick Cutrone volley and Franck Kessie penalty.

This was a head-to-head for fifth place, as Parma were only two points behind and on a run of seven points from three rounds. The Rossoneri injury crisis saw them use Ignazio Abate as centre-back with Jose Mauri getting his first Serie A appearance since August 2017, his first start in this competition since May that year. Alessio Romagnoli, Mateo Musacchio, Mattia Caldara, Lucas Biglia, Giacomo Bonaventura and suspended Gonzalo Higuain missed out.

Luigi Sepe smothered a Cristian Zapata header, but Parma wasted a golden opportunity, as the pull-back on the counter found Antonino Barillà totally unmarked from 10 yards, only for his first touch to let him down. He was clear on goal and just had to take the finish.

Davide Calabria got down the right and rolled across the six-yard box, with Luigi Sepe getting his fingertips to it as Patrick Cutrone was sliding in to pounce.

Suso surged forward and cut inside from the right, his low left-foot drive palmed round the base of the near post by Sepe.

Parma should’ve done better on 36 minutes, a free kick nodded wide from five yards by Riccardo Gagliolo, although there was also a push on Cristian Zapata.

Straight after the restart, Hakan Calhanoglu blasted over the bar from distance, but Parma took the lead from a set play. A corner was whipped to the near post, where Roberto Inglese out-jumped everyone for a glancing header.

Milan fought back straight away and drew level through their hitman Cutrone. A cross took a deflection and looped into the air, so he watched it come down and hit a splendid right-foot volley from a tight angle that bounced in off the far post.

VAR was used to award Milan a penalty for Alessandro Bastoni’s ridiculous handling offence, as he seemed to think he was playing volleyball for a moment. Kessie stepped up and converted the spot-kick by sending Sepe the wrong way, turning the game around in 15 minutes.

Kessie wasted a great chance to make it 3-1, firing over when sent clear by Suso, but it started to become end to end stuff. First Fabio Borini failed to make the most of a Bruno Alves back-pass, then Alberto Grassi sprung the offside trap only to miss when one-on-one with Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Kessie had another excellent counter-attack from a Parma corner go begging, as his first touch let him down and allowed Jonathan Biabiany to come sliding in.

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Milan: G Donnarumma; Calabria, Abate, Zapata, Rodriguez; Kessie, Mauri (Borini 52), Bakayoko; Suso (Castillejo 88), Cutrone, Calhanoglu
Parma: Sepe; Iacoponi, Bruno Alves, Bastoni, Gagliolo; Grassi (Ceravolo 83), Scozzarella (Stulac 79), BarillĂ ; Biabiany, Inglese, Gervinho (Ciciretti 62)
Ref: Calvarese