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October 2, 2010 2:45 PM EDT
Stadio Ennio Tardini — Parma
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 19615‎
 
 
Andrea Pirlo 25′
Top of the Match
Antonio Mirante
Antonio Mirante
Parma
Andrea Pirlo
Andrea Pirlo
Milan
Flop of the Match
Antonio Candreva
Antonio Candreva
Parma
Robinho
Robinho
Milan

Parma 0-1 Milan: Andrea Pirlo Wonder Strike Sinks Gialloblu

Pirlo's majestic curling effort was the difference at the Ennio Tardini.

By Max De Luca

Milan leapfrogged their rivals to the summit of the Serie A table courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

It was a match that the visitors dominated but they were only able to find the back of the net once thanks to mixture of great goaltending from Antonio Mirante and some sub-par finishing from the Rossoneri.

Still it was three vital points and the Diavoli had Andrea Pirlo to thank as his wonderful curling effort from 30-plus yards was the difference tonight.

The visitors wasted no time in showing their attacking intent as Gennaro Gattuso slipped a neat pass into the path of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who fired his shot wide of the far post.

Former Milan man Hernan Crespo then wasted a glorious opportunity when his awkward close range header failed to beat Christian Abiatti after Alessandro Nesta did just enough to bother the Argentine striker.

It was a scrappy affair at times in the first half and the match was in danger of turning into a real slugfest until Andrea Pirlo came to the rescue with a wonderful individual effort in the 25th minute.

The Italian international picked up a loose ball in midfield and curled in a wonderful shot from 30-plus yards out that nestled into the top corner. It was sublime technique from the Milan midfielder who was mobbed by his team-mates after the wonder-strike.


The Diavoli then threatened to double their advantage when Ronaldinho's lovely weighted ball found Ibrahimovic in the clear but Mirante did ever so well to rush off his line and make a brave block.

Mirante once again kept his side in the match when he made a miraculous triple save to deny Ibrahimovic. The Swede muscled Massimo Paci off the ball and was one-on-one with the Parma keeper but could not steer his shot past him and Mirante stood tall for the rebound before kicking out the striker's third attempt.

Parma were extremely lucky only to be a goal down heading into the interval.

Both teams took some time to get going in the second half with chances at a premium although Ronaldinho showed off some of his tricks and flicks to win a free kick that he subsequently sent wide of the target.

The Diavoli had another chance to double their advantage after Ibrahimovic spotted a streaking Robinho on the right hand side but the Brazilian wasn't able to hit the target from 15 yards out.

Mirante come to the forefront again just after the hour mark when he had to be sharp to tip Ronaldinho's rasping shot over the bar.

Milan almost paid for their profligacy in the 78th minute though when Blerim Dzemaili unleashed a low drive that Abiatti pushed around the post. The Milan 'keeper was then called into action moments later when he took the ball of the shoe-laces of Crespo.

Parma were unable to create any chances after that and Milan return home with all three points and top spot in the Serie A standings before the rest of the league fixtures tomorrow.

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Parma

83
Antonio Mirante
Goalkeeper
4.00
81
2.50
-
Massimo Paci
Defender
92′
2.50
6
2.50
13
Luca Antonelli
Defender
3.00
-
Stefano Morrone
Midfielder
51′
3.00
18
Massimo Gobbi
Midfielder
3.00
6
2.50
87
Antonio Candreva
Midfielder
46′
2.50
19
Fernando Marqués
Midfielder
2.50
9
2.50

Milan

3.00
32
3.00
19
3.50
13
3.50
4
2.50
3
3.00
8
4.00
21
Andrea Pirlo
Midfielder
25′
3.00
-
C. Seedorf
Midfielder
3.50
10
Ronaldinho
Striker
3.00
7
Robinho
Striker
72′
3.50
10

Substitutes

1
0.00
29
0.00
15
0.00
26
0.00
7
3.00
20
3.00
29
3.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
Marco Amelia
Goalkeeper
0.00
33
Mario Yepes
Defender
0.00
20
0.00
18
3.00
20
Ignazio Abate
Midfielder
71′
3.00
9
0.00
9

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

 
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  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
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Striker
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19 0
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18 1
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Striker
Napoli
17 5
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Hellas Verona
17 2
Rodrigo Palacio Rodrigo Palacio
Striker
Inter
15 0