Milan edge past Parma as Ibrahimovic sees red

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REUTERS: AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off for dissent as his side earned a 3-1 win at Parma in Serie A on Saturday (Apr 10).

Milan eased into a comfortable two-goal lead at the break thanks to goals from Ante Rebic in the eighth minute – a goal that was brilliantly set up by Ibrahimovic – and a fine Franck Kessie finish on the stroke of halftime.

Parma’s Mattia Bani (R) and Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match Parma Calcio vs AC Milan at Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, 10 April 2021. EPA-EFE/ELISABETTA BARACCHI

Milan’s task became much more difficult just before the hour mark, however, as out of the blue, Ibrahimovic was given a straight red card for something he said to the referee, much to the Swede’s bemusement.

Riccardo Gagliolo got Parma back into the match six minutes later, but Rafael Leao added a late third for second-placed Milan as Stefano Pioli’s men closed the gap to Inter Milan to eight points, with the league leaders facing Cagliari on Sunday.

Parma remain in trouble down in 19th in the standings, four points from the safety zone.