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Holland 0 Germany 0

Holland 0 Germany 0: Bore draw as clash of the titans fails to live up to expectations

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 15 November 2012

It's supposed to be one of the biggest rivalries in world football.

But Holland versus Germany turned out to be a 90 minute snoozefest in Amsterdam last night as they played out an uninspiring goalless draw.

Maybe both sets of players had their weekend domestic fixtures on their minds – but if ever there was a clear illustration of why so many feel international friendliest are pointless exercises, this was it.

Bore draw: Per Mertesacker and Arjen Robben do battle

Bore draw: Per Mertesacker and Arjen Robben do battle

Germany tried to impose their smooth passing style on the hosts – who honoured former internationals Edgar Davids, Michael Reiziger, Patrick Kluivert and Ruud van Nistelrooy before kick off.

In particular, Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Mario Goetze, the man Arsene Wenger dreams of signing, was enjoying plenty of the ball in the opening 15 minutes.

Tough going: Rafael van der Vaart (left) tries to inspire Holland

Tough going: Rafael van der Vaart (left) tries to inspire Holland

However, despite the wealth of
attacking talent on show at the Amsterdam Arena, former Liverpool
forward Dirk Kuyt mustered up the first opportunity of any real note
with a tame sliding effort in the 20th minute.

Everton defender John Heitinga did well to keep the shackles on Goetze a minute later as the 20-year-old tried to conjure up a yard of space to unleash an effort on goal deep inside the Dutch box before blocking Lewis Holtby's low goalbound effort from Benedikt Howedes' excellent cut-back soon after.

Heads: Mats Hummels and Dirk Kuyt

Heads: Mats Hummels and Dirk Kuyt

Arjen Robben wasted a golden opportunity to give Holland a 30th minute lead when he was sent clear through by Ibrahim Afellay – but the former Chelsea winger failed to squeeze his shot in after rounding German keeper Manuel Neuer.

Howedes and Marxo Reus both had chances to put Joachim Low's side ahead before Heitinga was forced into a superb goalline clearance from Ilkay Gundogan's low shot with the final kick of the opening half.

The second half started with the same pedestrian pace as the first, with neither side eager to impose themselves.

And no amount of encouragement from supporters spark any sort of tempo or urgency to this drabbest of matches.

In fact the first worthy attempt on goal in the second half came in the 77th minute when Neuer produced a brilliant stop low to his left, denying Dutch substitute Daryl Janmaat's low effort from the edge of the box after Kuyt's lay-off.

Eljero Elia flashed an angled effort from 16 yards wide moments later as Holland finally showed signs of life.

But it was merely a flash of entertainment as the clash ended goalless.

Patrick Kluivert: I was racially abused at Newcastle

Fans called me a 'monkey' when I played in England, says ex-Newcastle star Kluivert

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UPDATED:

15:47 GMT, 5 November 2012

Patrick Kluivert has revealed he was racially abused by supporters during his time playing for Newcastle.

The former striker, currently Louis van Gaal's Dutch national team assistant and Steve McLaren's youth team coach at FC Twente, claims fans directed monkey chants at him.

Kluivert made 25 league appearances between 2004-05 and said during this period, as well as in other parts of his career, he suffered racist taunts.

Patrick Kluivert, celebrating scoring for Newcastle at Crystal Palace in 2004

Race storm: Patrick Kluivert, celebrating scoring for Newcastle at Crystal Palace in 2004

Star-studded: Newcastle strikers Patrick Kluivert, James Milner and Alan Shearer celebrate after Kluivert scored the third goal during 2005 the UEFA Cup tie at Olympiakos, as Jermaine Jenas looks on

Star-studded: Newcastle strikers Patrick Kluivert, James Milner and Alan Shearer celebrate after Kluivert scored the third goal during 2005 the UEFA Cup tie at Olympiakos, as Jermaine Jenas looks on

Helping hand: Patrick Kluivert (left) is the Dutch national team assistant to Louis van Gaal (below)

Helping hand: Patrick Kluivert (left) is the Dutch national team assistant to Louis van Gaal (below)

'Yes as a player [I suffered abuse] but as long as you don’t react and give them your attention then it will probably be less effective,' he told Goal.com.

'If you give them attention they think they are important and that can be a negative towards them.

'Wherever I played I had it, as a player, it was not big but in every part of the world you have some people who are active in racism.

'In England as well, yes for sure.'

'Well if you had the ball they were making monkey sounds or something like that but I was a player and it didn’t really affect me but it is not nice to hear it.'

Racism rows have been at the forefront of British football recently.

John Terry, cleared in court over his alleged abuse of Anton Ferdinand was banned for four matches by the Football Association after they conducted their own investigation.

Then Chelsea accused Mark Clattenburg of calling John Obi Mikel a 'monkey', in an issue which is still being looked into.

Kluivert knows it will be tricky to fully eliminate racism from the game.

Way back when: Kluivert sitting next to Nicky Butt in the 2004-05 season

Way back when: Kluivert sitting next to Nicky Butt in the 2004-05 season

THE KLUIVERT FILES
Louis van Gaal with Kluivert

Born on exactly the same day as Ruud van NistelrooyThe 36-year-old played for Ajax, AC Milan, Barcelona, Valencia, PSV, Lille and…. Newcastle.Scored 40 goals in 79 internationals for HollandBecame a coach with FC Twente after Ajax refused him a senior job, instead offering him a role with their Under 8s. He said that was insultingHas four sons: Quincy, Justin, Ruben and Shane Patrick

He said: 'Racism is a difficult issue, I hope everybody can stick together and get rid of racism or the people who are active in it.

'I think it will be very difficult because that small part who are involved are a strong part who really stand for their feelings and it is very difficult to get every individual thinking about racism and how it affects the ones who are involved.

'We have to get rid of it, I think it is people who are really stupid and short minded and don’t have a heart.'

Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli leads golden boot race

Euro 2012 golden boot race: Balotelli leads the way but might have to share award

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UPDATED:

11:54 GMT, 29 June 2012

Mario Balotelli’s two goals in Thursday’s semi-final have made him the bookmakers’ favourite to claim the Euro 2012 Golden Boot accolade.

But if Manchester City’s Italian striker fails to find the net against Spain on Sunday night, he may have to share the honour of the tournament’s top scorer with four others, including two with the name Mario.

Germany’s Gomez and Croatia’s Mandzukic have three goals to their name, as do Russia’s Alan Dzagoev and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Joint top: Mario Balotelli has three goals

Joint top: Mario Balotelli has three goals

And in more bad news for Balotelli, three Spanish players are in position to pinch the Golden Boot from him – Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres all have two goals.

The last time the Golden Boot was shared at a European Championships was in 2000, when Holland’s Patrick Kluivert and Yugoslavia’s Savo Milosevic both scored five.

You have to go back to 1994 to find a World Cup where no single player claimed the award.

Here, Sportsmail brings you a rundown of the tournament’s leading marksmen.

Joint 1st – three goals each

Mario Balotelli (Italy): As if he needed any introduction, Balotelli stormed onto the major tournament stage with two goals against Germany in the semi-final. His double – one a thumping header, the other an outstanding finish into the top corner – showed why manager Cesare Prandelli invested such faith in an unpredictable player. His first goal of the tournament, a volley against Ireland in the group stages, was just as good.

Smash: Balotelli rams in Italy's second goal against Germany

Smash: Balotelli rams in Italy's second goal against Germany

Alan Dzagoev (Russia): Dzagoev got his bid for the Golden Boot in early, with three strikes in Russia’s opening two games against the Czech Republic and Poland. But just as Europe started to take notice of the 22-year-old CSKA Moscow playmaker, Russia were unceremoniously bundled out by Greece. However, Dzagoev did enough to attract interest from leading clubs with two accomplished finishes in the 4-1 win over the Czechs and a poacher’s header against Poland.

Tailed off: Alan Dzagoev started well but Russia were eliminated

Tailed off: Alan Dzagoev started well but Russia were eliminated

Mario Gomez (Germany): The Bayern Munich striker guided Germany into the knockout stages with the winning goal against Portugal and two against Holland. Stung by criticism about his missed chances in the Champions League final against Chelsea, the 26-year-old responded with an excellent header against Portugal and a masterclass in finishing to beat the Dutch. But his tournament ended in acrimony – Gomez didn’t start against Greece in the quarter-final and was hauled off at half-time as they crashed out to Italy.

No way in: Mario Gomez (left) could not beat Gianluigi Buffon to add to his tally

No way in: Mario Gomez (left) could not beat Gianluigi Buffon to add to his tally

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia): Mario’s three goals in the group stages caught the eye of Bayern Munich, who moved swiftly to secure his signing from Wolfsburg. He took just three minutes to make an impression at Euro 2012, his header deceiving Ireland’s Shay Given, and followed up with another later in the 3-1 win. But Mandzukic saved his best moment for the draw with Italy – an immaculate touch and powerful finish from close range.

Firebrand: Mario Mandzukic was Croatia's star of the tournament

Firebrand: Mario Mandzukic was Croatia's star of the tournament

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal): After an indifferent start to the tournament, Portugal’s talisman came to life in the final group game, securing his team’s place in the quarter-finals with two goals. He was even more influential in the quarter-final with the Czech Republic, settling the game with a late header. But just as Ronaldo was seemingly at the peak of his powers, he misfired in the semi with Spain and was left helpless as Paolo Bento put him fifth in the penalty shoot-out. His chance to take a kick never arrived, as Spain secured victory.

Buried: Cristiano Ronaldo finds the net against the Czech Republic

Buried: Cristiano Ronaldo finds the net against the Czech Republic

Players tied on two goals: Xabi Alonso (Spain), Nicklas Bendtner (Denmark), Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Vaclav Pilar (Czech Republic), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Denmark), Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine), Petr Jiracek (Czech Republic), Fernando Torres (Spain), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) and Dimitris Salpigidis (Greece).