A sublime free-kick goal from Gerard Deulofeu wasn't enough to prevent Everton slipping to defeat in their opening game of the Dresden Cup on Friday night.
The Spaniard brilliantly beat Patrick Wiegers in the Dynamo Dresden goal just before half-time to cancel out Niklas Hauptmann's early opener, but substitute Pascal Testreot's long-range effort undid the Blues 23 minutes from time.
After netting two in two so far this pre-season, Deulofeu again started as a striker in Germany, while there was another chance to impress in midfield for 18-year-old Tom Davies.
Unsurprisingly, however, it was Deulofeu who first threatened to break the deadlock, the winger dribbling forward and striking the post with just 10 minutes played.
Frustratingly, Dresden - just a week away from the start of their season proper - would capitalise on their good fortune just four minutes later as Erich Berko got in down the Everton right and squared the ball for Hauptmann to slide in from eight-yards out.
A positive response saw Deulofeu force a save from Wiegers, before John Stones - making his first start of pre-season - steered a header narrowly wide.
Five minutes before the break, Ronald Koeman's men did drag themselves level. Awarded a free-kick 20-yards out, Deulofeu claimed responsibility and side-footed a stunning effort that found its way into Wiegers' net via the underside of the crossbar.
With another game to come within 24 hours, Dresden made 10 outfield substitutions at the break and Everton immediately set about capitalising on the disruption.
First, Aaron Lennon saw a low effort deflected wide and then Ross Barkley went close with a curled attempt that whipped over the top of the Dresden goalframe.
Deulofeu came within a whisker of adding his second soon after but having collected a pass from Kevin Mirallas and darted past Hendrik Starostzik, the in-form ex-Barcelona man dragged his shot wide of the upright.
On 66 minutes, Dresden found a winner from nothing. Receiving the ball 30 yards from goal, Testroet strode forward, tried his luck and watched on as his shot sailed through the air and in off Maarten Stekelenberg's left-hand post.
Marvin Stefaniak came close to making it 3-1 with another long-range effort soon after but Everton weren't without their opportunities to level.
The best two fell to Deulofeu but, try as he might, the Spaniard couldn't find the magic required to add to his impressive pre-season tally.
Such are the tournament rules, the Blues do at least take a point from the game, courtesy of Deulofeu's strike.
Real Betis' 1-0 win over Werder Bremen earlier in the day leaves them second in the group with four points, one behind Dresden. Everton are third, with Gus Poyet's Betis to come on Saturday lunchtime.