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Resurgent Netherlands Hold Belgium

International Friendly 

Result: Belgium 1-1 Netherlands 

Date: 16 October 2018

Venue: King Baudouin Stadium

Belgium and Netherlands could not be separated, as they played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly on Tuesday evening.

Ronald Koeman's men came into the encounter on a high after they hammered Germany 3-0 in a UEFA Nations League tie on Saturday evening.

The Belgians got off to the perfect start as Dries Mertens put them ahead with a cracking finish that blasted into the top corner from 12-yards out.

The visitors, meanwhile, did not sit back and pushed for an equaliser, which they eventually found in the 27th minute, with Arnaut Groeneveld turning home a cross from Memphis Depay.

The Dutch nearly went ahead on 33 minutes through Quincy Promes, who rattled the upright with a strike from the edge of the box.

Both sides made wholesale changes at the start of the second half, but it was Belgium who looked the livelier in the opening stages although chances were hard to come by.

Memphis nearly put the visitors ahead in the 75th minute, but the former Manchester United man saw his close-range effort deflect inches wide of the upright.

Both sides threw numbers forward in search of a winning goal in the closing stages, with Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen producing a fine save to keep out Michy Batshuayi late on.

In the end, 1-1 was how the score remained as the sides could not be separated on the night.

 

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