Game recap: Parma 4-5 Milan


THE ROSSONERI picked up their 2nd consecutive win of the young season last night, albeit in chaotic fashion, winning 5-4 on the road at the Stadio Ennio Tardini against Parma.

Jeremy Menez emerged as the hero for AC Milan during the game, as his pace and creativity was too much for the home side to counter. The first 20 minutes of the game were rather quiet other than a fourth minute drive from full back Mattia De Sciglio, who blazed over from the top of the D after a bouncing ball found its way to his feet.

23 minutes in and midfielder Keisuke Honda manages to dizzy his marker in the right corner and feeds in a cross. Giacomo Bonaventura, making his AC Milan debut, connected with his head and should have done much better with only the keeper to beat, but the ball rolled wide. 2 minutes later, the midfielder would hit pay dirt. Honda again penetrates the defensive heart of Parma and pokes a ball forward to Bonaventura who stepped over the ball and then turned and fired a low ball into the corner of the Parma goal.

Highlights: Parma 4-5 Milan
Parma-Milan: Official line-ups

The go ahead was short lived however as two minutes later, striker Antonio Cassano was left unmarked as the Milan defense became attracted to the ball and forgot to mark their man. A cross from the left of the 18 yard box finds Cassano’s head and it’s all tied up again.

Then started the “anything you can do, I can do better” part of the game, as Milan made it a point to leave the Tardini stadium with all the points from the game. Fullback Ignazio Abate was picked out in the flank with a perfectly timed ball and the equally impressive looping cross found Honda’s head as he put Milan ahead again in the 37th minute. Right before half time, a long ball to the forwards, saw summer signing Menez race ahead of Parma defender Alessandro Lucarelli, who had no choice but to pull him down, earning himself a yellow and giving the ref no choice but to award the spot kick. Menez coolly took the penalty and Milan was ahead by 2 at the break.

Out of the break, it took only 6 minutes for Parma to pull one back by way of Felipe. A corner is taken short by the home team and the cross finds Felipe who is able to convert. 7 minutes later, the player that most Rossoneri fans despise, Daniele Bonera, shows exactly why as his second yellow puts Milan in a very tough situation going down to 10 men and giving Parma a free kick right at the edge of the box by way of a hand ball that was lucky to not be awarded a penalty.

On 68 minutes, the Parma midfield tried to toy with midfield ace Nigel de Jong who was able to get a foot in and stab the ball towards the Parma goal and then he was off to the races. De Jong slotted home in the bottom right hand corner as the defender and keeper were closing in. 7 minutes later and Parma had scored again by way of defender Lucarelli who scores the 3rd goal. Poor defending from a corner allowed the goal to be scored yet again.

The 77th minute saw a bit of drama ensue as Felipe fouled Menez and was shown his second yellow and all of a sudden the game became 10 versus 10. Milan would take advantage of being all even again with a goal two minutes later. Parma’s defense was asleep as a poor back pass was picked off by Menez who raced across the mouth of goal and neatly back-heeled for his second goal of the game and the goal that put Milan ahead for good.

There was time for late drama in the 89th minute as well, as Mattia De Sciglio scored the most bizarre own goal you will ever see. A seemingly normal back pass to the keeper saw Diego Lopez pull up with what looked like a hamstring injury and thus was unable to control the ball which ended up in the back of the net.

What most Milan fans will take away from this game is how Daniele Bonera continues to be the first choice central back ahead of the likes of Rami, Mexes and Zapata. The guy was the reason that the first two goals were scored and is unworthy of the captaincy of Milan. Coach Filippo Inzaghi needs to review this situation seriously and make the necessary changes. Otherwise the team played well tactically and showed an attacking flair that was so often absent in Milan’s recent memory.

As always, Forza Milan!

Parma 4-5 Milan: La Gazzetta dello Sport ratings (screenshot)


  1. I hope for super Milan next game!


    Abate – Rami – Zapata – Armero
    Honda – deJong – Bonaventura
    Menez – Torres – El Shaarawy


    van Ginkel – de Jong – Bonaventura
    Honda – Menez – El Shaarawy

  2. these are good signs coming from Our team. Its being long they played with such attacking prowess. Forza Inzaghi! Forza Milan!

  3. @Davide,such a vulnerabke midfield against Juventus?Neither Honda nor Jack can do the defensive duties as Muntari does.
    MVG-NDJ-Muntari is the best.

  4. Muntari was great yesterday, I also think that many people underestimate Poli. The midfield has been doing well, as the attack. What Pippo needs to focus on for the Juve game is the defence. Abate was very good and De Sciglio is always playing like a professional, The problem is the cb’s. I think we have three good cb’s in Rami, Alex and Zapata. Luckily Bonera is out but who should we play if Alex recovers? I think we should play Rami with Zapata. Alex and Rami is very similar players so I think the best would be to pair one of them with Zapata. Personally I would prefer Rami in this game because Alex may not be fully fit and Rami is exactly the kind of Milan player the team needs. A player that feels a passion for the team and really wants to play. But this is of course only my personal thoughts

  5. @Boki Lopez is injured.

    @Lumen Jack can defend.

    I like the idea of Honda and Jack in midfield – Milan is stacked up front.

    Ok so you go with MVG-NDJ-Muntari You need to choose three up front out of five Honda, Menez, Jack, ElSha, Torres. Who are you comfortable with leaving on the bench? Me? Nobody. Super attacking Milan!

  6. To be candid that match was a breath taken match, when the game is 1-3 at half time I thought it is done and dusted but to my surprise the game became tough at the second half. But I like it because we got all the three points. I want to see improved ACMilan again Juventus on saturday. ForzaRossoneris….

  7. I think 4-4-2 might not be a bad idea.

    —————-D. Lopez—————


    Honda—–De Jong—Bonaventura—El Sha


  8. POSITIVES: Our attack is active & applaudable.
    NEGATIVES: Defense is still poor, Bonera? I give up. Inzaghi has to explain to us why he preferred Bonera to others.

    I just thank God he won’t be available for Juventus. Moreso, Our defense has to be very compact or else we would be embarrassed. BTW, Good victory that was bt very tense.

  9. One of the most heart-stopping matches i´ve ever watched, that´s for sure. Certainly a match for the spectators, not for coaches. I actually felt sorry for Inzaghi during the match, sometimes when the camera caught him, he just seemed like, “what the hell is going on and what am i supposed to against this?!”. Before we encounter Juve there´s still some work to do though. Especially in defence. Lopez had a really black day and the cramp at the right moment topped it off. Alex was solid, he is extremely important when it comes to opponent´s set-pieces, it was no coincidence that we conceded a header after he left the pitch. As long as he is fit he should start alongside Zapata against Juve. Rami needs to play in order to regain his form, but Juve is too important to play him yet. I think we all agree that Bonera was aweful once more, if it wasn´t for menez, he would have lost us our 3 points. He should never ever be starter, not to mention captain. Give the armband either Abate or DeJong, they deserved it way more. Abate was defensively solid and also joined successfully our attack. On top of that he made a perfect cross!! Never thought i would experience that. De Sciglio however manifested some weaker moments, i know he is used to El shaarawy covering up the open space on the left flank and helping out defensively (something Bonaventura couldn´t emulate as perfect as EL92), but leaving so much space on the left flank from time to time is just unacceptable. I don´t consider the own goal his fault. Bonaventura had the ball and instead of playing it through to a unmarked and still fit Niang (Parmas defence was already wasted), he chose to play it back to DeSciglio who had two opponents whitin reach, forced to play it back under pressure, the rest is known. Midfield was okay. DeJong absolute beast, motm together with Menez, he is the backbone of our team. Muntari continues his good form. Poli again didn´t convince me. He had some good interceptions and played two clever passes, but on the whole that´s just too little. Our attack was miraculous, Menez was awesome and his second goal sublime. Amazing workrate despite limited stamina (did you see his sprint in the 85th minute, he was completey done but still kept running unlike a certain striker who just left us i may add), lethal dribbling and nice passes. Paramount performance. Honda is in amazing form as well, i hope he gets even better, being someone worthy of wearing the number 10 jersey. Bonaventura will need time, i didn´t see too much from him aside from the goal, but considering that it was his first appearance as a milan player, he was decent. I hope Alex and Lopez are fit against Juve, so we can start like this:


    • A thorough analysis. Let me ask how you can bring yourself to put Mattia at left back? He has no left foot! The guy is a right back. Compare his performances on the right to the left and see where he is more comfortable.

      Jack is a great player – period.

      • Well, i´m pretty sure Mattia has also a left foot otherwise he chose the wrong occupation ;). Jokes aside, in 2012/13 Mattia had an amazing season, mainly on the left flank (despite being a right footer). Injuries threw him back and he never really gained his best form since then. But i´m positive that he and El92 can form a superb duo on the left side, he just needs time to find consistence and continuity. Abate is in great shape and should start, since he is a pure rb, DeSciglio has to play as lb, it would be wasteful to bench one of them just because DeSciglio is an original rb. Jack is a good player, only time will show if he is a great one.

  10. I’D like pippo to use 4-2-1-3 system and it should be like dis abbiati,abate,alex,rami,de-sciglo and muntari,de-jong @ d bak 2 while el-shaarawy,honda,menez are d 3 behing and torres d striker

  11. Man… wtf is this bonera about in the training sessions that all coaches line him up as a starter.. he is slow without agility and makes very bad defensive mistakes -.-‘

    Beside that coaching mistake i just have to thank inzaghi that he brought the fighting spirit back to this team! Forza INZAGHI! if they keep up like this im looking forward to an entertaining season!
    Forza Milan!



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