San Siro: AC Milan recorded a 4-1 victory over Parma at San Siro on Wednesday thanks a hat-trick from Antonio Nocerino and cool finish from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The match started brightly for the champions who controlled the game early on with some neat passing moves and created the game`s first chance in the fifth minute. Antonio Nocerino`s lofted ball found Antonio Cassano on the left flank but the striker`s cross sailed past the post.
The home side was still dominating possession without really troubling Franco Colomba`s side, however just before the half hour mark the champions took the lead through a scrappy goal from Nocerino. A great cross-field ball from Alberto Aquilani found Zlatan Ibrahimovic down the left and the Sweden international`s neat pull-back fell to Nocerino who guided the ball past Antonio Mirante.
Within two minutes and Milan had doubled the advantage again through the impressive Nocerino, this time the midfielder unleashed a ferocious volley from the outside of the box which left Mirante with no chance.
The second half began and the hosts were still controlling the game with Aquilani being denied just before the hour mark, the midfeilder picked up the ball 25 yards from goal before unleashing a low drive which forced a great save from Mirante.
Then 10 minutes later, Milan wrapped up the game through a great finish from Ibrahimovic, the former Inter striker`s smart turn left Feltscher trailing as he coolly slotted past Mirante to make it three for the hosts.
With just over 10 minutes to go the away side responded through Sebastian Giovinco, the young Italy international burst past Ignazio Abate before unleashing a powerful drive that flew underneath Christian Abbiati to pull one back for the away side.
In injury time Nocerino struck again, starting with some great work from Cassano, and the resulting cross falling to the former Palermo man who made no mistake in grabbing his hat-trick.
This result means Milan has won its last four game, and with some of last year`s title winning form returning to the Rossoneri they will be in good spirits when they travel to Roma on Saturday. Parma will hope to get a result at home to Cesena on Sunday after three straight defeats in Serie A.
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