AC Milan vs. Parma: Serie A Live Score, Highlights, Recap
With a Champions League tie coming up midweek against Barcelona and the Milan derby next Sunday against city rivals Inter, Milan might have found it difficult to focus on the task at hand, but if they did it didn't show.
It did take them a while to really get properly into the game, and Parma had looked dangerous for most of the first half. It really had been a pretty open game until Gabriel Paletta's unfortunate own goal gave the hosts the lead just after half time, steering a Kevin Boateng cross past his own keeper Nicola Pavarini.
From then on Milan really started to dominate and had a number of chances to double their lead before Mario Balotelli's stunning free kick put the game beyond doubt.
Nicola Sansone did grab a consolation goal for the visitors in stoppage time, a reward for his persistence and perseverance throughout the game, but it was too late to make enough of a difference, and Milan held on for what in the end was a comfortable 2-1 win.
Well, I told you Balotelli would score, and I told you Milan would win 2-0. Makes me thankful I didn't put a bet on that in the end. In any case, thanks for following the game with us here tonight on Bleacher Report. If you've enjoyed it half as much as I have, then you'll have had a right good time. I've been Paul Mullaney, don't forget to follow me on Twitter @contepomi90. Ciao for now
Full time That's it, it's all over here tonight as Milan see off Parma 2-1 at the San Siro. A great result for Milan, who now find themselves in the top three for the first time this season, but Roberto Donadoni will be far from displeased with how his Parma side fared tonight. They looked to take the game to Milan, and while the hosts eventually proved too strong, it really was an entertaining game throughout
90+3' GOAL!!!!!! It might only be a consolation goal but it's much deserved for Parma as Sansone slides in to score
89' Cracking effort by Montolivo but it's parried away by Pavarini
87' Second substitution for Milan, Bakaye Traore comes on to replace Mbaye Niang
86' A run from Biabiany comes to nothing. Is that the first time we've seen him do anything this half?
84' Milan fans - and neutrals for that matter - must be a bit gutted Balotelli won't be available for the Barca game next week. He really would give them something extra
82' Balotelli becomes the first player since Oliver Bierhoff to score four goals in his first three games for Milan. Bierhoff, remember him? My brother had a Milan shirt with his name on the back, a cracking player
81' Terrible effort there by Ninis, no wonder Donadoni looks furious. If that's all Parma have to offer, this game's over
78' I'm not going to lie, I was in the middle of typing "What's the betting this goes straight into the wall again?" Happy to admit I was wrong with that one, a wonderful goal by Balotelli.
77' GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stunning free-kick by Mario Balotelli, over the wall and way out of the reach of Pavarini. That really was a sensational strike
76' That really was an intelligent ball by Constant through to Bojan. The run just wasn't quite good enough
72' Parma make their final change, and as expected, it is Ishak Belfodil coming on for Amauri. Fresh legs up front might be just what they need in these final 20 minutes
71' Milan are on top, but they need a second goal to make it more comfortable. Until then it's anyone's game
69' That really wasn't the worst ball into the area, but Amauri couldn't quite stretch far enough to get on the end of it. A set-piece might well be Parma's best chance of a goal here, but they'll need better delivery than that
66' Parma do make a change, but it's a defensive one, as Yohan Benalouane comes on for Andrea Coda
65' In the meantime, Milan are making their first change of the game as Bojan comes on for the impressive Boateng. Makes sense really, a chance to rest up before the Barcelona game midweek
64' You start to wonder if Donadoni might look to Belfodil as a possible replacement for Amauri. Parma need to change something.
62' Parma really have to make sure this game doesn't get away from them. They're not looking nearly as dangerous as they did in the opening stages, and Biabiany has hardly seen the ball in this second half
61' Mattio De Sciglio is remarkably assured for someone as young as he is. Looks a very accomplished full-back
58' That was a delightful touch by Boateng. Sheer class, just so good to watch
57' Milan are looking increasingly assured in possession, but they're also pressing Parma brilliantly. Giving the opposition very little time on the ball
55' Substitution for Parma, on is coming the Greek international midfielder Sotiris Ninis and he'll replace Marco Parolo
54' Again Boateng puts a Balotelli cross just wide. You feel as though a goal isn't too far away here for Milan
53' Fantastic play from Milan, but Balotelli's cross is put just wide by Boateng. Milan starting to really dominate at the start of this second half
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