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Holland held to goalless draw by Germany

Published on Nov 15, 2012 6:07 AM
Dirk Kuyt (right) of the Netherlands fights for the ball with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany during their international friendly soccer match in Amsterdam Nov 14, 2012. -- PHOTO : REUTERS

AMSTERDAM (AFP) - Holland were held to a goalless draw by neighbours Germany in Wednesday's international friendly with both injury-hit teams fielding make-shift sides after a raft of withdrawals.

With both nations top of their respective World Cup qualifying groups and missing several stars, an experimental theme ran through both line-ups at Amsterdam Arena, but there was little to light up a fairly dull encounter.

With Germany having beaten Holland 2-1 in their group stage clash at Euro 2012 and the Dutch having lost 3-0 in Hamburg last November in a friendly, the Dutch were well placed to take advantage of a weakened Germany.

But the hosts failed to take their chance for a first win over the Germans since November 2002.

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