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. 

Krzysztof Piatek

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. 


Hakan Çalhanoğlu then found space in the Parma box with around eight minutes to play, but after working some space for himself, the Turkish winger could only fire straight at goalkeeper Luigi Sepe. 


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. 


Parma 


Player Ratings 

Dejan Kulusevski,Theo Hernandez

Starting XI: Sepe (7); Darmian (6), Iacoponi (6), Alves (7), Gagliolo (7); Hernani (7), Brugman (6), Barillà (7); Gervinho (7), Kucka (7), Kulusevski (8)


Substitutes: Grassi (6), Cornelius (6), 


Milan 


Key Talking Point 


I think it's time we did some digging into Krzysztof Piątek's family tree, to see if he has an evil twin brother who may have kidnapped him and stolen his identity. That seems the only possible explanation for the complete drop-off in form that the Polish striker has suffered over the past few months in ​Milan.

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When Piatek burst onto the scene at Genoa, he was considered the heir to Robert Lewandowski's throne, and Milan fought off some serious competition for the hitman's signature. Since then though, he has failed to live up to his €40m price tag, and the goals have dried up completely for the 24-year-old. 


Piatek was full of endeavour and determination against Parma, but his touch let him down on several occasions, and he failed to convert a couple of good chances in the first half. The Poland international's second 45 minutes was cut short by his substitution to cap off another miserable afternoon. 


Milan need the old Piatek back, ASAP.  


​Player Ratings 


Starting XI: Donnarumma (7); Conti (9), Musacchio (6), Romagnoli (7), Hernandez (8); Kessie (6), Bennacer (6), Bonaventura (8); Suso (7), Piatek (5), Calhanoglu (6)


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. 

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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. 


Looking Ahead 

Hernani,Ismael Bennacer

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.