AC Milan has a 1-0 lead over Palermo going into halftime at the San Siro. It was Antonio Nocerino who grabbed the goal, stabbing the knife just a little harder into the heart of his former club. Zlatan Ibrahimovic fought off the Palermo defense, turned, and sent a cross to Alberto Aquilani on the right side of the pitch. Aquilani headed it on to Nocerino, who knocked it in from close range.
Good news for Milan, who saw their best defender limp off the pitch in the 34th minute. Thiago Silva picked up an injury in the 15th minute and simply couldn't continue, being replaced by Daniele Bonera. With that shaky defense, Milan are going to need to score a few, because it seems almost inevitable that Palermo will find at least one.
Then again, if Palermo don't patch up their own defense, especially on the right, this could become a goal-scoring free-for-all -- which I'm sure no neutrals would object to. Both squads need to find the finish in the final third, however, before we see a 4-3 scoreline. Abel Hernandez has shot wide for Palermo, while Antonio Cassano has found the side netting, and Ibra sent one inches wide, for the rossoneri.