Crystal Palace made a laboured start to their pre-season schedule on Tuesday, needing a penalty shootout to beat Luzern at the Tissot Arena in Biel, Switzerland.
The Eagles made the perfect start to the game, Max Meyer showing some nifty footwork on the left-hand side of the box before crossing for Christian Benteke to head home in just the second minute.
Their lead was short-lived, however, as Luzern found an equaliser five minutes later, Christian Schneuwly crossing for Pascal Schurpf to score with a close-range volley.
Simon Grether and Meyer both came close before Benteke almost bagged his second with a re-enactment of his famous bicycle kick against Fulham.
Unfortunately for the forward he did not connect quite as cleanly this time and the two sides headed into half-time level.
The standard of football took a turn for the worst after the break, a number of substitutes made, and there was little in the way of clear chances as the friendly headed straight into penalties.
Both teams’ opening five takers kept their cool, James McArthur, Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp and Alexander Sorloth all converting for Palace.
Nya Kirby netted their sixth before Remo Arnold saw his saved by Wayne Hennessey to give the Premier League side the win.
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