AN ABSOLUTELY INSANE match ended with Milan taking all the three points from the Ennio Tardini Stadium as they faced Parma on Sunday evening. New signing Giacomo Bonaventura opened the scoring in the 25′ minute, shooting off a Keisuke Honda pass. However, two minutes later, an unmarked Antonio Cassano beat Diego Lopez with a header. In the 37′ minute, Ignazio Abate crossed very well and Honda hit it with his head to give Milan the lead back. Jeremy Menez earned a questionable penalty in the 45′ minute and scored to make it 3-1 on half time. It looked as though it’s going to be a comfortable win for Milan but it was nothing like that and nothing in the first half prepared the fans for the madness of the second. Parma’s Felipe scored first in the other 45 minutes in the 51′ minute, taking advantage of a Daniele Bonera howler (some say Bonera is also at fault for the first goal). Bonera had a very bad performance and in the 58′ minute he was sent off (Alex was also forced to leave due to an injury in the same minute so Pippo Inzaghi brought on both Adil Rami and Cristian Zapata, taking out the Japanese Honda). Parma were in control in the next moments, pressing very hard to score another goal. But it was Nigel De Jong who scored! The Dutchman stole the ball in the middle of the part and ran all the way to Parma’s box to score his first of the 2014/15 season in the 68′ minute.
But it didn’t stop there – Alessandro Lucarelli scored one of his own in the 73′ minute with another header and again it was all Parma trying to get the equalizer against 10-man Milan. In the 77′ minute, Felipe got sent off and from then on it was 10 vs. 10. Menez – without a shadow of doubt the Man of the Match – gave the Rossoneri fans some time to breathe as he scored a sensational goal in the 79′ minute, back-heeling the ball to the net after taking advantage of a Parma defensive mistake. But the drama still kept on going and in the 89′ minute Mattia De Sciglio scored an own goal, buck-passing to Diego Lopez who couldn’t control the ball due to a muscle strain. The referee added 6 minutes and despite the stress Milan managed to keep the score and won the game 5-4. There were probably move negatives than positives in the game but the excitement was one that the fans haven’t experienced in a very long time. Crazy game.
Parma: Mirante; Ristovski, Lucarelli, Felipe, De Ceglie; Acquah, Lodi, Jorquera (72′ Coda); Ghezzal (65′ Palladino), Cassano, Belfodil (79′ Bidaoui). Unused: Cordaz, Iacobucci, Mendes, Mauri, Galloppa, Costa, Gobbi, Rispoli, Lucas Souza. Coach: Donadoni.
Milan: Diego Lopez; Abate, Alex (62′ Zapata), Bonera, De Sciglio; Poli, De Jong, Muntari; Honda (62′ Rami), Menez (86′ Niang), Bonaventura. Unused: Abbiati, Agazzi, Albertazzi, Armero, Essien, Saponara, Van Ginkel, Pazzini. Coach: Inzaghi.