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Milan needed a little help and for a moment there it looked like it would happen, but then it all came crumbling down.

Claudio Villa

The match was as scattered as the bEIN broadcast trying to cover the scenarios it would take Milan to qualify for the Europa League...

If Parma won it was over...

If Torino and Milan were equal, Milan would need more goals...

If the moon was full an it shined just right off Seedorf's head...

Maybe the last one was a stretch, but the first one ended up being the nail coffin but the journey was a bit of an adventure! Interestingly enough it was Parma who had the easiest prospect, Donadoni's men simply needed to beat Livorno who were destined for Serie B.  Torino needed to take it Fiorentina, a nearly prospect, while Hellas were smoked by Napoli.  Once you got past the madness the match was just as crazy.

Muntari opened the scoring with a classic Muntari blast, the kind that makes you smile at the haters, and it was perfect to bring hope to a season that had none.  A few minutes later it was DeJong on a redirected free kick and Milan were mirroring the result at Sassoulo, a two zero lead that didn't last.  Today it lasted, but Mexes's yellow card was the beginning of the end for the Frenchman who could have easily been ejected following his yellow for tossing down Berardi.  A normal player, one with more than two brain cells, would have kept his cool, instead Mexes pushed it and saw red later and while the foul was not really the sort that warrants a red, it was a yellow that saw the two goal lead and four game clean sheet disappear.

Yes it was a PK and maybe a bit hard done on DeSciglio who I thought got the ball before the man and maybe only warranted a yellow, but the last man foul was a tough one and Zaza buried it.  The problem was not that DeSciglio made a poor choice, it was more that Seedorf stuck with his Balotelli sub instead of substantiating the defense.  In the long run the game meant little as Parma was in the lead and Milan was aware of the result, but as the subs came on the team became more disjointed and disorganized.  SES brought a new dynamic, but Kaka should have been the first sub and Muntari was one the better players but was removed.  Again it wasn't a catastrophic just a poor choice.

So with that we put the final punctuation mark on the season, granted it was more question mark then exclamation, then again an ellipsis always work well.  In the next week we can discuss the death bells of the 2013-2014 and what it means for the team while we look at the all Madrid final as well.  It's going to be a long and arduous off season, one without Europe next season and while the Ownership goes hunting for a scape goat they may want to get a mirror along the way...