AC Milan Vs. Juventus, 2012 Serie A: Antonio Nocerino Goal Is Only Goal That Has Counted, Milan Lead Juve 1-0 At Halftime

Despite the best efforts of Antonio Conte and his dreary 3-5-2 lineup, Saturday's marquee match at the San Siro has been anything but boring. Juventus came flying out of the gate, but it was Antonio Nocerino that scored first, giving AC Milan the 1-0 lead. The score should have been 2-0 on 25 minutes, but the flag never went up on Sully Muntari's strike. From then on both sides had solid chances, but the score remains 1-0 at the break.

Nocerino sent the crowd in Milan through the roof when he scored just fifteen minutes into the match. Leonardo Bonucci did his best to clear the ball after a spell of rossoneri pressure, but his best just wasn't good enough as his effort fell to the feet of Nocerino. The midfielder blasted his shot through the Juve defence, where it ricocheted off poor Bonucci, leaving Gigi Buffon helpless.

But for a huge bit of luck on the visitors' side, the score should have been 2-0. Sully Muntari had his header at the near post across the line, and was halfway through celebrating when he realized the whistle hadn't blown. Instead, Buffon had picked up the ball and rolled it out to the breaking Juventus players, giving them the opportunity to advance down a nearly empty pitch. Christian Abbiati managed to push aside Arturo Vidal's effort, but all eyes were focused on the other end of the pitch. Replays and screen captures show that the ball was nearly a meter across the line, with a good third of Buffon's body across it as well.

When the sides return for the second half, they better do their very best to brush aside the ghost goal. Otherwise, even if Milan win, whispers of a conspiracy will certainly be heard around Italy.

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