Everton 0-0 River Plate
Everton lost out to a brilliant piece of South American flair as they lost 1-0 to River Plate in Canada.
Veteran Argentine midfielder Ariel Ortega's deft lob in the 27th minute was the difference between the two sides, who faced off in Edmonton, Canada.
David Moyes handed first pre-season run-outs to Steven Pienaar, Jack Rodwell and Joseph Yobo, who captained the side with Phil Neville kept in reserve until late in the game.
In the fifth minute Steven Pienaar fed Jo but the Brazilian's centre was too powerful for the South African to divert on target.
A couple of minutes later the on-loan striker drilled a low free kick straight at keeper Mario Vega, then Rodrigo Archubi headed powerfully at Everton's goal but Carlo Nash was down smartly to gather.
Just after the quarter hour Matias Abelairas shot narrowly wide from very long range but then Tim Cahill had a great chance.
Jo won possession down the left and his centre was met crisply by the Australian's right boot - but again Vega was equal to it.
As predicted by Neville earlier in the week, the game meant more than most friendlies, a fact highlighted by a skirmish midway through the half that involved Rodwell and Marouane Fellaini, as well as River's portly striker Christian Fabbiani.
However, in the 27th minute Everton were behind as Ortega struck with a goal of the highest quality. He burst through the Blues defence before lifting an audacious chip over Carlo Nash.
Archubi went close again before half time then Nash was lucky when he misjudged a cross - thankfully, Abelairas could only hit the post with the goal at his mercy.
Everton began the second period promisingly as Jo collected Cahill's pass and rounded Vega before seeing his shot hit the side netting.
Leighton Baines placed a free-kick just wide ten minutes into the half and then the Argentines' Nicolas Donigo fizzed an effort wide from distance.
With 20 minutes left Neville, James Vaughan and Louis Saha were introduced from the bench, and Vaughan nodded an effort off the post with 12 minutes left - the referee blew for a foul on the keeper though.
The young forward was then denied a possible penalty with five minutes to go, when he appeared to be shoved in the back as he attacked the ball in the area. Ref Mauricio Navarro wasn't swayed though and River held out.