AC Milan ensured it will go into next weekend’s derby match ahead of Inter Milan after beating Chievo Verona 2-1 in Serie A on Saturday.

Krzysztof Piatek scored what was to prove the winner. His 19th league goal moved him level at the top of the goalscoring chart with Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella.

Milan consolidated third place, four points ahead of Inter, which hosts Spal on Sunday. The top four from Serie A qualify for the Champions League next season.

Milan's Lucas Biglia scores during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Milan’s Lucas Biglia scores during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)

Chievo remained bottom of the table, 12 points from safety.

Lucas Biglia, back from a lengthy injury layoff, marked his first start since October by curling a magnificent free kick into the top left corner in the first half.

However, Chievo leveled four minutes from halftime when Mehdi Leris curled in a cross from the right for Perparim Hetemaj to head in at the far post.

Chievo's Perparim Hetemaj celebrates scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
Chievo’s Perparim Hetemaj celebrates scoring during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)

It was only the third league goal Milan has conceded in 2019.

Piatek has scored seven goals for Milan since his move from Genoa, and the eighth arrived in the 57th following a chaotic and somewhat controversial move.

Piatek attempted an overhead kick after his initial effort was saved by Stefano Sorrentino but ended up kicking a Chievo player instead. The move continued and Samu Castillejo headed the ball back into the area for Piatek to volley home.

AC Milan's Samu Castillejo, center right, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
AC Milan’s Samu Castillejo, center right, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)

The Chievo players protested but the goal was allowed to stand after a check with the video assistant referee.

The only negative note for Milan was coach Gennaro Gattuso was sent to the stands in the first half for dissent.

CONTROVERSIAL GOAL

AC Milan's Samu Castillejo, center right, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)
AC Milan’s Samu Castillejo, center right, in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Chievo Verona and AC Milan at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona, Italy, Saturday March 9, 2019. (Filippo Venezia/ANSA via AP)

There was also controversy in the earlier match which saw Parma beat Genoa 1-0.

The only goal came from a Parma corner which shouldn’t have been as the team’s forward, Roberto Inglese, made the final touch.

From that corner, Juraj Kucka’s header was fingertipped onto the bar by former Chapecoense goalkeeper Jandrei, who was making his Serie A debut. Luca Rigoni fired the rebound onto the post from point-blank range but former Genoa forward Kucka turned it in at the third time of asking.

Parma's Gervinho, left, and Genoa's Daniel Bessa vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma and Genoa, at the Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
Parma’s Gervinho, left, and Genoa’s Daniel Bessa vie for the ball during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma and Genoa, at the Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

Parma moved three points above Genoa in midtable.

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Genoa's head coach Cesare Prandelli gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma and Genoa, at the Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
Genoa’s head coach Cesare Prandelli gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma and Genoa, at the Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
Parma's head coach Roberto D'Aversa gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma and Genoa, at the Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
Parma’s head coach Roberto D’Aversa gestures during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Parma and Genoa, at the Ennio Tardini stadium in Parma, Italy, Saturday, March 9, 2019. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)

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