Ajax players level with Germany: 1-1

The Dutch national team have drawn with Germany: 1-1. Johnny Heitinga and Rafael van der Vaart started for Holland, Wesley Sneijder came on in the second half.

Heitinga was taken off fifteen minutes before the end. Striker Pierre van Hooijdonk replaced him.

Van Hooijdonk's presence was needed because Germany's Frings took a free kick in the first half which hit nobody and ended up in Holland's goal. Holland were powerless in the first half.

When Sneijder replaced Davids after halftime, things got better, if not great. Andy van der Meyde's interception and subsequent cross led to Ruud van Nistelrroy's equaliser. Holland celebrated, and with good reason. It was the best result the side could get considering the way the Holland team played.

Germany - Holland 1-1 (1-0). 30. Frings 1-0, 81. Van Nistelrooy 1-1. Referee: Frisk (Swe). Spectators: 46.600. Yellow card: Kuranyi, Ballack (Germany), Cocu, Stam (Holland).

Germany: Kahn; Friedrich, W├Ârns, Nowotny andLahm; Schneider (68. Schweinsteiger), Frings (79. Ernst), Hamann and Baumann; Kuranyi (85. Bobic) and Ballack.

Holland: Van der Sar; Heitinga (74. Van Hooijdonk), Stam, Bouma and Van Bronckhorst; Van der Meyde, Davids (46. Sneijder), Cocu and Zenden (46. Overmars); Van der Vaart and Van Nistelrooy.

Photos: PRO SHOTS/Stanley Gontha