Disallowed goal makes us even with AC Milan, says Juventus striker Matri

The Bianconeri hitman had a goal ruled offside by the linesman, but he feels it is justice for Sulley Muntari's first-half header, which appeared to have crossed the line
Juventus striker Alessandro Matri has claimed his offside strike should take the sting out of Sulley Muntari's disallowed header, following his side's 1-1 draw with Serie A rivals AC Milan on Saturday.

The Ghanaian looked to have scored a perfectly-legitimate goal 10 minutes after Antonio Nocerino's early opener, as the ball was shown to have crossed the line despite Gianluigi Buffon's best efforts to clear the effort, but the linesman deemed that it wasn't a goal.

However, Matri also had a valid goal of his own chalked off for offside near the end of the encounter, and he believes the two incidents have cancelled each other out in a bid to defuse tensions after the match.

"My disallowed goal? It ties us with AC Milan, as I have said [Muntari's header] to be a regular goal," the 27-year-old Sky Sport Italia.

Nevertheless, Matri managed to salvage a draw for Juventus late on and preserve their unbeaten start to the campaign, much to the relief of the striker, who reckons the point may not be decisive in the title race, but important for team morale as the business end of the season approaches.

"It was important we were able to equalise in such a difficult match. It's a draw that makes a difference in the league table, but not one that will be decisive in the race for the title.

"[The result] also keeps our momentum going, which for us is the most important thing," he concluded.

Juventus remain in second place and one point behind Milan at the Serie A summit, but have a game in hand over their rivals.