Sunday February 26 2012
Abbiati: 'Goal would've changed game'

Christian Abbiati and Urby Emanuelson believe the ‘phantom’ goal would’ve changed the game in Milan-Juventus.

The Rossoneri were 1-0 up in the first half when the linesman failed to spot Sulley Muntari’s header cross the line.

“We played so well and inevitably felt the fatigue in the second half,” said Emanuelson.

“However, if Muntari’s goal had been given, then on 2-0 it would’ve been a different game, opening up a lot more space.

“We remain confident for the Scudetto, because we played very well despite missing so many players.”

Goalkeeper Abbiati agreed that the Muntari incident weighed more heavily than Alessandro Matri’s late goal that was incorrectly ruled offside.

“We are disappointed with the result, but not too downhearted because we know that we played well,” said the former Juventus shot-stopper.

“In the locker room I saw that my teammates were sad, but also convinced they had proved a victory was deserved.

“Obviously, if we had gone 2-0 up in the first half, then it would’ve been a whole other game. I don’t know if we would have won, but it’d still be a different situation for us.

“It’s a shame, although a point against Juve is not to be sniffed at.”

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