AC Milan beats Parma 3-1, Ibrahimovic despatched off


Zlatan Ibrahimović arrange two targets however was additionally despatched off as AC Milan received 3-1 at relegation-threatened Parma on Saturday to maintain its small Serie A title hopes alive.


Ibrahimović had a hand in each Milan’s first-half targets however was proven a straight purple card on the hour mark for one thing he appeared to say to referee Fabio Maresca. Riccardo Gagliolo diminished the deficit however substitute Rafael Leão sealed the end in stoppage time as Milan moved to inside eight factors of league chief Inter Milan, which hosts Cagliari on Sunday.

“I spoke to Zlatan and he told me that he absolutely didn’t say anything offensive toward the referee,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli stated. “He had a discussion but without lacking respect.

“I haven’t spoken to Maresca and I don’t know his version. The last thing Ibra said was ‘so you’re not interested in what I’m saying.’ It’s obvious that the match changed after his sending off but my team managed to fill the gap with a lot of will and determination.”

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Milan is in a good combat for second place with Juventus and Atalanta. Both play on Sunday.

In Parma, Milan obtained off to an ideal begin as Ibrahimović despatched a throughball to Ante Rebić, who gathered along with his again to aim, spun spherical and fired powerfully into the highest proper nook.

The 39-year-old Ibrahimović was additionally concerned in Milan’s second, a minute from the break. Theo Hernández performed a one-two with the Sweden ahead and touched it onto Franck Kessié, who drilled into the underside left nook.

Parma had a triple likelihood to get again into the match 5 minutes into the second half however Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma pulled off a double save to disclaim first Andrea Conti after which Graziano Pellè, and Juraj Kucka’s try was over the bar.

Ibrahimović was despatched off shortly after and Parma obtained again into the match six minutes later. A ball was floated to the again put up and Pellè nodded it throughout to Gagliolo, who managed to prod in from shut vary.

Milan held on and made positive of all three factors when Diogo Dalot raced down the fitting and rolled throughout for fellow substitute Leão to fireside into the underside proper nook, shortly after coming off the bench.


Spezia scored two targets within the dying minutes to finish its comeback and beat bottom-place Crotone 3-2. Martin Erlić scored one and arrange one other as Spezia moved 10 factors above the relegation zone. Crotone fell 12 factors beneath 17th-place Torino, which received 1-Zero at Udinese.

Parma’s Riccardo Gagliolo celebrates with Jasmin Kurtic after scoring. – REUTERS


Andrea Belotti’s penalty was sufficient to ship Torino 5 factors away from the underside three.

Crotone broke the impasse in spectacular vogue, 5 minutes from halftime. Koffi Djidji chested the ball down along with his again to aim, close to the sting of the penalty space, and the defender scored on the flip with a half volley which looped over the goalkeeper and underneath the crossbar.

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Daniele Verde levelled within the 63rd however Simy restored Crotone’s lead 15 minutes later.

Crotone gave the impression to be heading for its first win after three successive defeats however Erlić discovered an unmarked Giulio Maggiore to web the equaliser within the 89th minute.

And three minutes later Erlić scored the winner. Ardian Ismajli’s header got here off the crossbar and Erlić noded within the rebound from shut vary.

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