Visitors Germany had to settle for a 0-0 draw against old foes
Netherlands despite dominating possession in a friendly international on
Mario Gotze was
twice denied by Dutch defender John Heitinga midway through the first
half while Marco Reus shot just wide for the Germans.
was a positive game for me. We had a team with lots of changes and a
lot of key players missing," Germany coach Joachim Low told reporters.
stuck to our positions, we had discipline and worked very well in
defence and that as the most important thing for us after the Sweden
Low was referring to
the Germans' last World Cup qualifier against Sweden in October when
they enjoyed a 4-0 lead after an hour only to allow four Swedish goals
in the final 30 minutes to draw 4-4.
were courageous in the first half, going forward. It was more balanced
in the second but what is important is that we did not allow the Dutch
many chances," he added.
Netherlands' only good chance came in the second period when Daryl Janmaat's fine effort was blocked by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
The Dutch also suffered a blow when Schalke 04's Ibrahim Afellay limped off injured.
really enjoyed how the Germans played the first half, so much control
of the ball and so dominant but they took no profit out of it," said
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, previously of Bayern Munich.
that happened because we allowed them to play like that and I have to
praise our mental strength as we regained control after the break but we
were not so dominant like the Germans."
two sides, missing several high-profile players including Robin van
Persie and Miroslav Klose, are top of their respective 2014 World Cup
the 2010 runners-up, next host Estonia in a Group D qualifier in March
while big rivals Germany travel to Kazakhstan.
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