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.
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.
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.
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.
- Sports & Recreation
- Rafael Van der Vaart
- Jeremain Lens
- Pablo Armero
- James Rodriguez