Bundesliga Bundesliga 2


There was a new-look Germany line-up to face the Netherlands in the last international fixture <br> of the calendar year, as injuries had forced several marquee names to pull out Former FC Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal (r.), now in charge of the Dutch team, greets his German counterpart Joachim Löw prior to kick-off One of the newcomers, Lewis Holtby (r.), tussles with Schalke colleague Ibrahim Afellay <br>in a hard-fought opening period , although goalscoring chances were few and far between Dortmund's Mario Götze tumbles after feeling the full force of former Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong's tackle Captain and defensive linchpin Philipp Lahm was one of the few regular seniors to start against Germany's old foes... ...alongside FC Bayern teammate Thomas Müller, who began out on the right wing but was unable to reproduce the scintillating club form shown so far this season Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (No21) was another who failed to shine, as Hamburg's Rafael van der Vaart (r.) looks on Reus' club colleague Ilkay Gündogan (m., with van der Vaart) benefitted from the absence of <br> Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos to play from the off in midfield
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