AC Milan failed to do what was needed, as Parma managed to find an equaliser at the death. However, one could argue that the home side deserved the point, as Gattuso’s men looked uninspired for the entire game.
The Rossoneri had a chance to make a leap in fourth place, increasing the distance between themselves and Roma as well as Atalanta, who will face Inter and Napoli respectively this round. However, in classic Milan fashion, they failed to do so, putting in a terrible display overall.
Compared to the games against Juventus and Lazio, the players looked completely out of touch, running out of ideas as soon as they reached the final third. The Parma defence remained compact, which proved successful, while threatening Milan on the counter attacks.
In other words, Milan controlled the possession, but failed to do anything with it. Gattuso tried to fix this by bringing on Cutrone early in the second half, but the impact certainly wasn’t instant. However, the entrance of Castillejo changed the face of the game. Just three minutes after coming on, he linked up brilliantly with Suso to give his side the lead, settling some of the nerves the players had.
In fact, four minutes after the deadlock was broken, Kessie managed to find Piatek over the top of the defence. The Polish striker brought the ball with him in his stride and unselfishly squared it to Cutrone, who made no mistakes. However, the linesman raised his flag for offside and after consulting with VAR, it was concluded that Piatek’s toe was on the wrong side of the line.
The Rossoneri continued to control the game, for most of the part, but Parma always attacked with pace and urgency to spark the feeling that there was still a chance. Their hard work paid off in the 87th minute, as they won a free-kick on the edge of the box. Captain Bruno Alves converted it beautifully to level it up, and Milan were back on square one.
Time then wasn’t on Milan’s side as the home side managed to run down the clock fairly easily, and the draw was a fact. Not what the Rossoneri had hoped for, and certainly not what they needed after seemingly picking themselves up after a poor run. On the other hand, they really didn’t deserve more than one point, at least if you look at how the game progressed.
Bar Castillejo and possibly Suso, for his brilliant work on the goal, none of the players turned up to the game, which made it easy for Parma to realise an upset. In other words, as we have said many times before, Milan have themselves to blame for this one.
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