Theo Hernandez made the most of a lucky ricochet in the final minutes to give Milan a much-needed victory at the Stadio Tardini.
The Rossoneri were still struggling badly with one win in Stefano Pioli’s six matches since replacing Marco Giampaolo, so they were behind Parma in the table going into the Tardini.
Lucas Paqueta, Mattia Caldara and Leo Duarte were injured, but Hakan Calhanoglu and Ismael Bennacer returned from suspension, with Jack Bonaventura retaining his trident spot. Parma missed Roberto Inglese, Yann Karamoh and Matteo Scozzarella, while Andreas Cornelius was not fit to start, so Juraj Kucka became a False 9.
It was a very aggressive start from the visitors, with early efforts off target from Calhanoglu and Alessio Romagnoli, while Franck Kessie’s angled drive was beaten away at the near post after a Bonaventura assist.
Romagnoli also made a decisive interception to stop Antonino Barilla reaching the Hernani pull-back from 10 yards. Kucka ran on to a Gervinho pass on the stroke of half-time, but could only hit the side-netting.
Gianluigi Donnarumma made a smart save one-on-one with Gervinho, but the offside flag was up anyway. Suso had a great chance on the hour mark, getting away from defenders to drill an angled drive inches past the far post.
Calhanoglu managed to get a shot on target, but it was too weak at the near post and Luigi Sepe could smother. The goalkeeper had more to do on a very powerful, but central, long-range Suso screamer.
Milan took the lead with a stroke of luck in the final minutes at the Tardini. Sepe parried a long-range strike and Matteo Darmian seemed to have it under control, but his poor clearance ricocheted off teammate Bruno Alves, fell kindly for Theo Hernandez, who fired in with the outside of the left boot.
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