Wayne Rooney pulled on an Everton shirt for the first time in nearly 11 years as Villarreal ran out 2-1 winners in Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial.
Rooney’s reception included boos and cheers from the home crowd – some seemingly still unhappy at the manner of his exit to Manchester United in 2004 – while Ferguson was treated to a rapturous welcome.
The pair played together during Rooney’s first-team debut in 2002, but reunited the duo failed to haul Everton back after Gerard and Matias Nahuel put the Spanish side in control.
Tyias Browning handed Everton hope, but Roberto Martinez’s side failed to give their former striking hero a win ahead of the side’s Premier League opener against Watford on Saturday.
Ross Barkley was among those introduced at the break, but Everton continued to lack a cutting edge. Steven Naismith went close twice before Chelsea target John Stones appeared to pick up a knock.
Rooney came on for the final 16 minutes to a mixed reception from the Goodison Park crowd and smashed a shot wide prior to Ferguson’s introduction.