Netherlands draw with Germany

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

As rivalries go, this is one of the fiercest in world football - making a mockery of the term international 'friendly'.

Netherlands draw with Germany

Rotterdam:

As rivalries go, this is one of the fiercest in world football - making a mockery of the term international 'friendly'. Arjen Robben's third minute opener was just what was required when the Netherlands played host to Germany in Rotterdam on Wednesday. After that - a lot of combative football - but little to show in the way of clear attacking openings. Hertha Berlin defender Arne Friedrich wasted a good chance to level the scores, two minutes from half-time. At the interval, most of those in the De Kuip stadium would have been satisfied with the 1-0 scoreline. They would have been even happier when, within 50 seconds of the restart, the inspirational Robben doubled the hosts' lead. But just over three minutes later, Michael Ballack reduced the deficit to one goal. Robben was inspired throughout the evening and his trickery almost put Rafael van der Vaart in to make it 3-1. But coach Marco van Basten was feeling the heat - knowing Juergen Klinsmann's side were refusing to meekly surrender. And sure enough, with nine minutes to go that famed German resolve resulted in an equalising goal for Gerald Asamoah. Two-two the final score - afterwards, though, Klinsmann was forced to admit his side were "a bit lucky." (AP)

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