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.
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