Everton enjoyed penalty shootout success to overcome Celtic in their opening match of the Sydney Super Cup.
After a stalemate through 90 minutes, Michael Keane, Tom Cannon, Nathan Patterson and Anthony Gordon all scored from 12 yards to seal a 4-2 spot-kick victory and send Everton's Australian fanbase home happy.
More than 40,000 fans turned out at Accor Stadium to watch a goalless but entertaining contest in Everton's first match in Sydney since 2010.
Both teams had chances and although Demarai Gary and Neal Maupay went close on a number of occasions in regular time, the Blues eventually prevailed by scoring four of their five penalties.
The Blues did have to be thankful to skipper Asmir Begovic who made a series of fine saves, including one from point-blank range from Kyogo Furuhashi in the second half.
Despite several senior regulars being unavailable for the trip to Australia through a combination of international commitments and injury, Everton's line-up was still loaded with experience.
Five of the starters - James Tarkowski, Patterson, Gray, Vitalii Mykolenko and Neal Maupay - had begun the previous Premier League match against Bournemouth a week earlier.
Tom Davies had boarded the flight to Sydney but a knee injury - suffered in training on the eve of the match at Accor Stadium - ruled out the midfielder of both matches in the mini-tournament.
The Blues created two good opportunities in the opening 10 minutes, with Maupay involved in both attacks.
Firstly, the Frenchman led a swift breakaway, playing in Gray who cut inside from the left channel and saw a curling shot, destined for the far corner, deflected fractionally wide.
Moments later, Maupay found himself in on goal from a lofted pass by Mykolenko. The Frenchman opted to chip the ball over the onrushing Celtic captain Joe Hart but placed his finish just past the same post.
Tarkowski, still looking for his first Everton goal, headed over from a corner as the Blues created the better chances in the opening quarter.
With temperatures in Sydney reaching a scorching 27 degrees, play was understandably halted for a water break midway through the first half.
Celtic started to create more after the resumption, with Begovic - Everton's skipper for the afternoon - forced into three smart saves, the best of which was a sprawling stop from Japanese playmaker Kyogo.
Everton conceded a succession of free-kicks outside their own box in the lead-up to half-time. Jota crashed one against the crossbar and Begovic beat away another in first-half stoppage time.
Still, Everton had looked threatening on the counter-attack and could have gone into the break in front had Gray placed a side-footed shot on target, following a surging run forward from Anthony Gordon.
Lampard made a double substitution at the interval as Mason Holgate and Dwight McNeil replaced Yerry Mina and Abdoulaye Doucouré.
Two minutes into the second half, Begovic continued his fine personal performance with another superb sprawling save from Kyogo who had been played in by Sead Haksabanovic on the right wing.
Gray had moved into a more central role and for a third time in the match, he was frustratingly denied by another deflection after a speedy burst forward struck the side-netting.
Keane headed wide from a corner and Maupay, played in by Gray, took the ball too far when attempting to round Hart.
Despite the mid-afternoon heat, both teams continued to play with intent and pushed for a winning goal.
Holgate showed strength and pace to crowd out Kyogo, who had found himself with a clear run on goal after an Everton mistake in midfield in the 70th minute.
Cannon and Stanley Mills, both players who had earned their competitive Everton debuts this season, were given opportunities from the bench with a quarter of an hour remaining.
Another Everton youngster, Isaac Price, had competed well in central midfield. In the closing stages, he volleyed over from a promising position on the edge of the box.
In the end, neither side could find a breakthrough and the contest went to a penalty shootout as the Blues triumphed.