Milan may have snatched a late victory against Parma thanks to a fortuitous goal from Theo Hernandez, but it was another lacklustre display from the Rossoneri on Sunday afternoon in Serie A.
The two sides cancelled each other out during a drab first half, in which neither goalkeeper was forced into making a proper save. Parma threatened to hurt the visitors on the counter attack with the electrifying pace of Gervinho, but the Crociati failed to create any clear-cut opportunities.
Suso almost broke the deadlock in the second half, shifting the ball onto his favoured left foot and firing towards goal, but his effort dragged wide, as Milan began to grow in confidence.
With the game heading towards a tame draw, Hernandez reacted first to a failed clearance in the Parma box, which ricocheted back into the danger zone, and the full-back swept home to give the visitors all three points in a dull match.
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Substitutes: Grassi (6), Cornelius (6),
Key Talking Point
I think it's time we did some digging into
Must be said - what a tough fall from grace for Piatek. Nowhere near as efficient as last season and it’s been quite the half season to forget for him.— EiF (@EiFSoccer) December 1, 2019
Concerning that his goal tally is so low thus far.
Substitutes: Leao (6), Kruin (7),
STAR MAN - If anyone deserves the 'star man' award for Milan, it's Andrea Conti. The wing-back has suffered some wretched misfortune with consecutive knee injuries in two seasons, which has limited his game time to an absolute minimum.
Without a single doubt:— Mark Galliani (@ACMaruk) December 1, 2019
Andrea Conti man of the match
Conti looking fantastic once again btw— Mathew (@Milanista_83) December 1, 2019
Conti with 5 tackles and 5 interceptions (so many of them were extremely crucial) + 88% pass accuracy.— WGM (@WhatGattusoMad) December 1, 2019
There were high hopes for Conti upon his arrival in Milan from Atalanta, but his fitness struggles have severely set him back. However, the 25-year-old put in an excellent display for I Rossoneri against Parma, and he looked back to his best in his defensive work.
Conti is known for his marauding runs and excellent attacking contribution, and he always provided a viable option for his teammates when they looked to mount attacks from wide areas. Milan are in desperate need of quality in both halves of the pitch, and if Conti can recapture his form of old - and stay fit - then his inclusion can only be a positive for the Italian giants.
Parma entertain Frosinone in the fourth round of the Coppa Italia on Thursday evening, before travelling to relegation-threatened Sampdoria on Sunday night.
Milan follow up their trip to Parma with another away day, when they head to Bologna to take on the fellow strugglers in another vital match for Pioli.