Reading's pre-season programme ended in defeat against Vitesse at Adams Park - the Dutch club left as 3-2 winners.
But the Royals fought back after initially trailing by three, a lead which had been opened due to one goal by Bryan Linssen and two for Tim Matavz for the visitors.
John Swift tucked in from the spot after Sam Smith drew a foul, before Adrian Popa smashed in a rebound after Liam Kelly had initially struck the woodwork.
The equaliser was elusive, despite a much-improved second half.
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