An uncharacteristic Andrea Pirlo penalty miss handed Everton victory over Juventus as both clubs kicked off their respective tours of the USA.

The sides were tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, which sent the game straight into a penalty shootout where the Premier League club would be triumphant due to the midfield maestro's miss, and also thanks to Tim Howard saving Federico Peluso's tame effort.

It was Everton who were in the ascendancy in San Francisco after they took the lead through a fine Kevin Mirallas goal. The Belgian cut in from the touchline and rounded off his run with a smart finish inside Marco Storari's near post just after the hour mark.

Roberto Martinez's side couldn't hold out for the whole game though, and Juventus were level 10 minutes from time courtesy of Kwadwo Asamoah. A beautifully placed top-corner finish from the Ghanaian took the game to the lottery of penalties.

And the Italians had the advantage after Leon Osman's opening spot-kick was saved. But precision from his Everton team mates piled the pressure onto their opponents, who were let down by one of their most reliable takers.

When Andrea Pirlo stepped up, few would have predicted that he would send his penalty just wide of the post, but that was what happened, and it gave the Toffees a lifeline which they made the most of.

Further goals from Bryan Oviedo and John Stones meant that Tim Howard's save ensured a 6-5 victory for the Blues.

Pirlo's miss can be checked out below:


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