Christian Benteke featured for 45 minutes as Belgium warmed up for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Estonia by beating the Czech Republic 2-1 in Brussels on Monday night.
The Eagles striker was introduced at half-time with the scores locked at 1-1 after Michy Batshuayi opened the scoring after 25 minutes, but a strike from Michal Krmencik meant the sides went into the interval at the King Baudouin Stadium level.
That was the cue for Roberto Martinez to throw on Benteke for his 33rd cap, one of 11 Premier League players in the Red Devils’ squad, and within seven minutes of the restart another star of the English top-flight had regained the lead for the hosts when Marouane Fellaini headed in a corner.
Palace’s top scorer last season had a late opportunity to put the result beyond doubt but saw his attempt saved by Jiri Pavlenka, however another win was claimed by the side ranked seventh in the world.
That sets them up nicely for Friday’s qualifier in Tallinn against Estonia, with Benteke’s team sitting top of their group with 13 points from their first five matches.