Carlos Bacca and an M’Baye Niang penalty maintained Milan’s fine form with a victory at the Stadio Barbera.
The Rossoneri were brimming with confidence after a 3-0 Derby della Madonnina triumph at the weekend and lost just one of their last 13 competitive games. The Sicilians were also gaining faith following a 4-1 win over Udinese and draw at Carpi since Guillermo Barros Schelotto took charge – albeit not officially as Coach due to paperwork issues.
Milan had won five of their last seven meetings with Palermo, home and away, losing only once at San Siro in November 2014. Their last Serie A defeat in Sicily was 1-0 in March 2011, followed by two wins and a 2-2 draw.
The visitors had an aggressive start with M’Baye Niang’s strike charged down and Keisuke Honda almost curling in directly from the corner flag, forcing the officials to use goal-line technology on Stefano Sorrentino’s save.
The ‘keeper was again crucial, using his knee to parry after Carlos Bacca had dribbled past four Palermo defenders.
Bacca did break through eventually, as Niang let Ignazio Abate’s cross through for the Colombian to tap in.
Edoardo Goldaniga stuck out a hand to block a cross and gave away an inevitable penalty, which was converted by Niang.
Bacca threatened a third, testing Sorrentino on the counter, while Alberto Gilardino nodded a Franco Vazquez cross inches wide.
Juraj Kucka turned over from close range, but the Rossoneri comfortably sat on their lead in Sicily.