If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a squad clinches victory in Italy without at least a whisper of controversy, have they really earned all three points? AC Milan beat Juventus 1-0 on Sunday, but they did it through a dubious penalty, which will no doubt have the media wagging for the next week.
Did the pressure of beating Chelsea midweek get to the visitors? Undoubtedly. Juve looked flat and unimpressive, unable to create a single decent chance in the first half. It was Milan that were pressing harder, getting inside the area and threatening Gianluigi Buffon's goal from close range.
The flurry of activity must have flustered the bianconeri, for Mauricio Isla put his hands upon the ball -- or at least referee Nicola Rizzoli judged him to have done so, and pointed to the spot. Replays showed the ball appeared to have bounced off Isla's side. No matter, as Robinho stepped up and sent in a powerful shot. Buffon got his hands to it, but the ball wiggled away to create the only goal of the match.
But Juventus may want to look inward, rather than outward, when casting around for someone to blame for this loss. The penalty came in the 31st minute, and the Old Lady didn't even get in another shot until the 52nd, when Marco Amelia blocked Andrea Pirlo's attempt.
Shortly thereafter, on came Sebastian Giovinco, and with him a breath of hope for the visitors. Giovinco must have been studying the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Philippe Mexes, because he attempted a fantastic overhead shot from close range, but the ball flew wide.
By this point, Milan were more content to sit back and soak up the pressure, and for once the plan didn't backfire for Massimiliano Allegri. It very well could have, when a defensive error by the rossoneri allowed Giovinco to set up Mirko Vucinic, but Mirko being Mirko, he saw his shot rescued by Kevin Constant.