Victory. It's becoming a brilliant habit. AC Milan saw off Parma at San Siro (3-1) and recorded their fifth win in the seven games since the restart. They're unbeaten in that time too. The team put in a wonderful performance; they were fluid and free, dominated proceedings for large swathes of the match and never looked under pressure. One of the most promising factors: even after they went 3-1 up, our boys still searched for a fourth. Speaking of goals, the Rossoneri have scored 20 in their last seven games, a brilliant record. It was a deserved win but not an easy one, because the Ducali were a goal to the good at half-time. But the Diavolo, who were actually well on top in the first 45, reacted brilliantly after the break and fired themselves to victory in the second half thanks to goals from Kessie, Romagnoli and Çalhanoğlu. It's a precious win, especially given the fact that Napoli drew. AC Milan are now level on points (53) with the Partenopei. Next up for AC Milan: Bologna at home on Saturday 18 July (21:45 CEST). We won't be stopping here!
THE GALLERY FROM AC MILAN V PARMA
The Rossoneri started strongly, moving the ball quickly and with some nice interplay. AC Milan's first chance came after eight minutes; Hernández met a corner with his head but couldn't hit the target. Another corner and another chance for the home team (20'), this time, Romagnoli hit the crossbar. The home side were dominating possession of the football and the chances were flowing. In the 21st minute, Bonaventura had a goal disallowed for offside. Kessie hit the post in the 22nd minute, while long-range attempts from Biglia (26') and Ibrahimović (35') didn't trouble Sepe. Towards the end of the half, the Ducali grew braver; Gervinho's shot was high in the 42nd minute, but 60 seconds later the away side found themselves a goal up through Jasmin Kurtic. Just before the whistle for half-time, Hernández's fired straight at the Parma 'keeper.
At the start of the second half, il Diavolo continued to cover great distance and play great football. After wild attempts from Bonaventura and Çalhanoğlu, Kessie grabbed the equaliser in the 55th minute. The Ivorian fired from around 20 metres out, his shot hit the post and ended up in the back of the net. A quick one-two: four minutes later, Romagnoli headed home from Çalha's corner. All of a sudden, Parma began to threaten once again; Kulusevski hit the bar in the 73rd minute and a minute later, Donnarumma denied Inglese with a outstretched leg. Çalhanoğlu had his say in the 77th minute. The Turk's low, driven shot nestled in the bottom left corner, Sepe had no chance. In the final ten minutes, Ibra and Rebić missed chances to extend the Rossoneri's lead, and Gigio made a splendid save to deny Darmian. After four minutes of added time, the referee brought the curtain down on a brilliant Rossoneri performance.
AC MILAN 3-1 PARMA
AC MILAN (4-2-3-1): G. Donnarumma; Conti (46' Calabria), Kjær, Romagnoli, Hernández (80 Laxalt); Kessie, Biglia (56' Bennacer); Leão (61' Rebić), Bonaventura, Çalhanoğlu (80' Krunić); Ibrahimović. Subs: Begović, A. Donnarumma; Gabbia; Brescianini, Olzer; Colombo, Maldini. Coach: Pioli.
PARMA (4-3-3): Sepe; Darmian, Iacoponi, Alves (46' Dermaku), Gagliolo; Grassi (63' Hernani), Brugman (63' Inglese), Kurtic; Kulusevski, Cornelius (14' Karamoh) (81' Caprari), Gervinho. Subs: Colombi; Laurini, Pezzella, Regini; Barillà; Siligardi, Sprocati. Coach: D'Aversa.
Referee: Irrati from Firenze.
Goals: 44' Kurtic (P), 55' Kessie (M), 59' Romagnoli (M), 77' Çalhanoğlu (M).
Booked: 33' Grassi (P), 33' Conti (M), 65' Darmian (M).
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