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Tuesday 23 September K.O. 19:45



AT&T Stadium | 31st July 2013 20:00 | Attendance - 22,208

Everton v Juventus

Everton defeated Juventus 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in San Francisco.

Local hero Tim Howard denied Federico Peluso with the decisive sudden death spot-kick after an action packed pre-season clash.

Kevin Mirallas had put the Blues ahead with a well-taken counter-attack goal on the hour only for Kwadwo Asamoah to level it late on with an unstoppable left-foot drive.

Either side could have snatched victory inside 90 minutes but it was the Blues who recovered from an early Leon Osman saved penalty to triumph.

Everton began with a version of a 3-4-3 against the Italians who are widely regarded as the masters of that particular trade.

And it served them well in the opening exchanges as they took the game to Juventus and even had the ball in the net after just seven minutes.

Steven Pienaar delivered one of a series of free-kicks and - as Phil Jagielka attempted to make contact - it sailed past Marco Storari in goal.

But the linesman's flag was up with the Blues skipper in an offside position.

JuventusLeon Osman takes a tumble

Juventus' physical approach bore few of the hallmarks of a traditional pre-season friendly and they soon had their first effort on goal via Luca Marrone.

Pienaar curled over 25 minutes in but straight away Marrone missed a sitter when a corner reached him at the back post.

The Turin-based outfit pushed on and Arturo Vidal fired a spectacular volley marginally wide after a corner fell to him just outside the box.

Then Everton went close again when another Pienaar set-piece was headed towards goal by John Stones, only for the youngster's effort to rebound off the post.

Federico Peluso headed over at the start of the second period and seconds later Pienaar lashed a couple of yards wide.

Belgian flyer Mirallas surged through the Juve defence in the 52nd minute only for Storari to foil him with a smart stop.

Carlos Tevez had been well marshalled by Everton's defence but he did escape to smash into the side netting before Tim Howard beat away Vidal's free kick as the game opened up.

JuventusMirallas opens the scoring for Everton

But it was Everton who took advantage as Mirallas motored down the right, cut in field and fired home on 61 minutes, before executing a fitting baseball-themed celebration.

Howard preserved Everton's lead with a tremendous smothering save to deny the lively Vidal, with sub Bryan Oviedo close to extending the advantage with a diving header after more good work from Mirallas.

The Costa Rican went close with right-foot drive but it was Pienaar who should have sealed it when he capitalised on a defensive slip only to sweep the ball wide when one-on-one with 14 minutes left.

Then Howard took centre stage as he produced back-to-back saves to deny Tevez and Mirko Vucinic.

But the Blues weren't sitting back and Mirallas was again thwarted by Storari before Juventus levelled.

Asamoah's first time drive was perfectly executed and this time Howard's dive was in vain.

JuventusStones scores a delightful chip in the shootout

Both sides tried to win it in the final stages with Ross Barkley testing the keeper with the last effort of the game.

Penalties ensued and it was the Blues who held their nerve. The sequence was as follows:

Osman saved
Matri scores
Barkley scores
Asamoah scores
Mirallas scores
Vucinic scores
Jagielka scores
Vidal scores
Oviedo scores
Pirlo misses
Stones scores
Motta scores
Coleman scores
Peluso saved



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