Parma 1-3 Milan: Visitors narrow the gap to eight points on leader Inter despite Ibrahimovic’s red card

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic left stunned when SENT for dissent in AC Milan’s win over Parma … but visitors manage to hold on for a 3-1 win, closing the gap with Serie A leaders Inter to eight points

  • Milan eased a two goal lead at half time with goals from Rebic and Kessie
  • Ibrahimovic received a red card immediately after the hour due to dissenting opinions
  • Gagliolo gave Parma a lifeline six minutes later, but Leao took the win late

AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for dissent, as his side took a 3-1 victory in Parma in the Serie A on Saturday.

Milan took a comfortable lead at half time with two goals thanks to goals from Ante Rebic in the eighth minute – a shot brilliantly conceived by Ibrahimovic – and a fine finish by Franck Kessie just before half time.

Milan’s job became much more difficult just before the hour, however, as Ibrahimovic got out of nowhere a straight red card for something he had said to the referee, much to the Swede’s surprise.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic got a straight red card for something he said to the referee

Zlatan Ibrahimovic got a straight red card for something he said to the referee

Ibrahimovic and Milan coach Stefano Pioli were stunned by the Swede's red card

Ibrahimovic and Milan coach Stefano Pioli were stunned by the Swede's red card

Ibrahimovic and Milan coach Stefano Pioli were stunned by the Swede’s red card

Milan faced the decision as Ibrahimovic had been quite a distance from the referee

Milan faced the decision as Ibrahimovic had been quite a distance from the referee

Milan faced the decision as Ibrahimovic had been quite a distance from the referee

Riccardo Gagliolo got Parma back into the game six minutes later, but Rafael Leao added a late third for Milan in second as Stefano Pioli’s men closed the gap to Inter Milan to eight points, while the front runners faced Cagliari on Sunday.

Parma remains in trouble in 19th place in the standings, four points out of the safety zone.

A run of just one win in their previous five games in all competitions threatened to unravel Milan’s season, but the visitors raised their game early against Parma and scored a fine opener.

Ibrahimovic put Ante Rebic on Saturday in the eighth minute for the opening goal

Ibrahimovic put Ante Rebic on Saturday in the eighth minute for the opening goal

Ibrahimovic put Ante Rebic on Saturday in the eighth minute for the opening goal

Ibrahimovic was involved in both Milan goals in the first half against Parma on Saturday

Ibrahimovic was involved in both Milan goals in the first half against Parma on Saturday

Ibrahimovic was involved in both Milan goals in the first half against Parma on Saturday

Croatian winger Rebic became provider for Kessie as the visitors doubled their lead, with the Ivorian scoring his 10th goal of the campaign to seemingly lead Milan to a comfortable victory.

What Ibrahimovic said about his eighth layoff in Europe’s top five is unclear, as he didn’t even seem close to the referee when he waved the red card, but it changed the color of the game.

Veteran forward Graziano Pelle then set up Gagliolo brilliantly to get Parma back in, and Milan suddenly looked vulnerable.

But when Parma put bodies forward for an equalizing goal, Milan broke clear in stoppage time, with Diogo Dalot setting up Leao for the substitute’s first goal since early January, signing the visitors to their 13th Serie A away win this season.

The visitors doubled their lead with a nice finish by Franck Kessie just before half time

The visitors doubled their lead with a nice finish by Franck Kessie just before half time

The visitors doubled their lead with a nice finish by Franck Kessie just before half time

Portuguese forward Rafael Leao added a third in stoppage time for Milan second

Portuguese forward Rafael Leao added a third in stoppage time for Milan second

Portuguese forward Rafael Leao added a third in stoppage time for Milan second

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