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Football - 11. July 2013.

Germany's Angerer denies doughty Netherlands

Reigning champions Germany showed signs of opening-night nerves as they were held to a surprise goalless draw by a determined Netherlands side who could even have snatched a stunning Group B win.

Dutch coach Roger Reijners had promised that the 2009 semi-finalists would take the game to the holders, and although they did not entirely throw caution to the wind, they allowed it to sail away on the breeze sufficiently to enjoy the better of the goalscoring opportunities. The stalemate ended a run of 19 straight wins for Germany at UEFA Women's EURO finals and, but for veteran goalkeeper and captain Nadine Angerer, the Netherlands could even have ended their sequence of 57 matches unbeaten in the tournament, qualifying included.

Neid had won all her previous four meetings with the Dutch as Germany coach, and must have been convinced an enjoyable evening lay ahead when the potent scoring machine that struck 64 times in qualifying almost clicked immediately into gear. However, though well-positioned, both Célia Okoyino Da Mbabi and Leonie Maier could not connect cleanly enough to test Loes Geurts in the Netherlands goal.

The Vittsjö GIK keeper might have been stretched significantly had a wall of orange shirts not closed quickly to block Nadine Kessler's well-struck effort, while Dzsenifer Marozsan clipped wide with only Geurts to beat.

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