John Stones says he “shanked” his penalty against Juventus

Paul Thomas

After showing Andrea Pirlo how it’s done, John Stones was quick to down play his ‘Panenka’ penalty kick against Juventus.

The undoubted highlight of the pre-season win was the Barnsley youngster’s cheeky spot kick that helped the Toffees to a shoot-out win against Serie A champions.

Stones had earlier hit the post during normal play, in what was a encouraging performance by Roberto Martinez’s side.

Speaking after the game Stones seemed keen to play down his cheeky bit of skill, that appeared to enrage the Juve goalkeeper and came just after Pirlo - who scored a 'Panenka' penalty at Euro 2012 - had dragged his effort wide.

"I did it a few months ago for the Under-21s last season. I always said I would do it and the lads have been saying that I wouldn’t do it in front of a big crowd. I’ve stuck by it and today it has come off.

"I have been practicing it in training. At Finch Farm I did one and it hit the bar. I stuck with it and yesterday [in training] I did one that came off, so I thought that if I got to take a penalty I would do it.

"I wanted it to go down the middle but I kind of shanked it and it went right.

"I had to believe it was going in – and I’m glad it did, to be fair."

What do you think? Check out the video below:

John Stones' penalty v Juventus (via Everton Football Club)


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