AC Milan and Parma played out an absolute humdinger of a match on Sunday evening featuring nine goals, two red cards, a comical own goal and a delicious back-heel. The only thing it was missing was some form of animal running onto the pitch and preventing play from continuing, but other than that it had it all.
Milan never went behind, although Parma never made it easy for them at the Stadio Ennio Tardini. Giacomo Bonaventura gave the away side the lead with 25 minutes gone, however Parma striker Antonio Cassano leveled with a header two minutes later against his former club. Keisuke Honda’s header restored Milan’s lead before Jeremy Menez made it 3-1 from the penalty spot just before half-time. Parma pulled a goal back through Felipe and then Milan’s Daniele Bonera saw red for a second bookable offence.
The action didn’t stop there. Nigel de Jong (who, of course, picked up a yellow card in the game) calmly finished to restore the visitor’s two-goal cushion but Alessandro Lucarelli’s header again brought Parma back into the game with more than 15 minutes left on the clock.
Goalscorer Felipe then saw red to even up the numbers at 10-a-side before Menez bagged his second of the game. This delightful back-heel put Milan 5-3 up with 10 minutes remaining and looked to have made the game safe.
The drama, incredibly, didn’t end there. Luckily for us there was still time for Mattia De Sciglio to roll the ball back to Milan goalkeeper Diego Lopez who inexplicably swiped a kick at a whole lot of air and not much of the ball, injuring himself in the process as the ball rolled over the line. That made it 5-4 to Milan and they were made to hang on for the whopping eight minutes of added time as Parma desperately searched for the equaliser.
Football. Bloody hell.