Thursday 01 August 2013
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard saved the decisive penalty to help his side kick off their American tour with victory over Juventus.
The Toffees had the better of the opening exchanges and had the ball in the net early on only for the referee to disallow the strike because of offside.
Both sides had chances to take the lead, with Everton's John Stones heading against the post while Juventus striker Carlos Tevez hit the side netting.
Kevin Mirallas put Everton ahead on 61 minutes when he broke down the right before cutting in and firing home from just outside the area.
Howard then pulled off some fine saves but Juventus made sure the match went to penalties when Kwadwo Asamoah scored.
Although Leon Osman missed the opening Everton penalty, a miss from Andrea Pirlo and Howard's sudden-death save from Federico Peluso sealed victory for the Toffees.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has called on his side to eradicate their defensive lapses after they reached the final of the Audi Cup 2013 in Munich with a memorable win over AC Milan.
City had an incredible start to the Allianz Arena contest, racing into a 5-0 lead in the opening 35 minutes with goals from David Silva, Micah Richards, Aleksandar Kolarov and two from Edin Dzeko.
But the Rossoneri hit back before half-time with three goals in five minutes from Stephan El Shaarawy (twice) and Andrea Petagna. The Italian side were unable to further reduce the deficit and City will now take on Bayern Munich in the final on Thursday evening.
"It's not normal that we can be beating Milan 5-0 after 30 minutes," Pellegrini told the club's website. "But I didn't like the last 15 minutes of the first half because I thought we relaxed before the end of the game and in football you can't do that.
"It's better that this happens now though rather than in the Premier League so we can sort out these things before it starts."
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was delighted with the performance of his players after they recorded a comfortable victory at Banks's Stadium.
Fabian Delph, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Jack Grealish and Gary Gardner all got on the scoresheet as Villa hit five for the second match in a row.
"It was excellent," Lambert told the club's website. "We started really well again. We were pressing. We play a pressing game and we're getting better and better.
"We definitely have goals in us, that's for sure. It's important if you can spread the goals around the team too, which we did. It could have been more. We were very good. It was pleasing that we kept a clean sheet too. We were solid throughout. We looked really good."
Lambert hopes that new signings Aleksandar Tonev and Jores Okore will be able to return to training on Friday after picking up hamstring and thigh injuries.