Everton's John Stones Upstages Andrea Pirlo with Sublime Panenka Penalty

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2013

On Wednesday evening, Everton met Juventus in the International Champions Cup at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T park. 

Swiftly glossing over the fact that the Toffees are in a competition with "International Champions" in the title and that the match was played on a baseball field, it finished 1-1 in normal time, with goals from Kevin Mirallas and Kwadwo Asamoah. 

Fans at the ballpark were treated to the prospect of a penalty shootout, safe in the knowledge that such an event involving Andrea Pirlo would almost certainly feature a sublimely taken "Panenka" spot kick

There was indeed a cheeky Panenka, but it didn't come from the right boot of the bearded maestro: It was chipped in with aplomb by John Stones, the 19-year-old defender who was snapped away from the Barnsley youth academy by Everton in January. 

To make matters worse, Stones slotted home immediately after Pirlo put his penalty wide…

Perhaps the World Cup-winning playmaker should have spent more of his time in California practising from twelve yards and less time attempting to receive Leonardo Bonucci's dreadful passes on the gridiron…

The shootout finished 6-5 to Everton, with the Merseysiders advancing to play either Real Madrid or LA Galaxy in Los Angeles on Saturday. 

Even before Pirlo's doomed PK, you could tell it wasn't going to be The Old Lady's night when a pitch invader ran on and took Asamoah's spot kick for him. Tim Howard had an excellent evening of making  vital saves, and he didn't let a random ticket holder put one past him either…

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