International friendlies - Netherlands play out draw with Colombia

Inernational Friendly, Amsterdam ArenA - Netherlands 0 Colombia 0

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International friendlies - Netherlands play out draw with Colombia
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Colombia's Radamel Falcao challenges the Netherlands' Joel Veltman. (Reuters)

The Netherlands and Colombia played out a bad-tempered 0-0 draw in Amsterdam, with Jeremain Lens seeing red in a turgid affair.

The first half was low on chances but high on talking points. After just seven minutes Rafael Van der Vaart struck the bar with a curling effort that seemed as if it would set the tone for an open game, but the half's principal talking point came ten minutes before the break.

Forward Lens stretched for the ball in the box and then tussled with Pablo Armero. The Colombian went down theatrically and Lens was dismissed for pushing his opponent in the neck in rather debatable circumstances.

The second half was brighter than the first, but neither goalkeeper was ever forced to make anything other than routine saves.

Colombia's best chance fell to Radamel Falcao out wide, but Jasper Cillissen's fingertips kept him out, while Cristian Zapata blocked a goalbound effort from substitute Leroy Fer at the other end.

For Colombia, a win and a draw against the Netherlands and Belgium represents a fine week's work, but draws against Japan and the Colombians will be deemed unsatisfactory by Louis Van Gaal.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY

Man of the Match

James Rodriguez (Colombia): In a game with few chances and little attacking invention, James Rodriguez was at least at the heart of everything that his side created, wither through his dribbling or crisp passing.

Player Ratings

Netherlands: Cillissen 7, Van de Wiel 6, Veltman 6, Vlaar 6, Blind 6, Schaars 6, Strootman 7, Van de Vaart 7, Lens 4, De Jong 6, Depay 7, Narsingh 6, Fer 7, De Guzman 6.

Colombia: Mondragón 6, Arias 6, Valdés 6, Zapata 7, Armero 6, Aguilar 5, James Rodríguez 8, Sánchez 6, Cuadrado 7, Teófilo 6, Falcao 6, Bacca 6, Torres 7, Martinez 6, Valencia 6.

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