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The 126th edition of the 'Derby of the Lowlands' in Amsterdam on Wednesday ended in a 1-1 draw.

Belgium were the favorites with the better team on paper with players like Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel and Jan Vertonghen, while the Netherlands are in the middle of a lean period in their long footballing history.

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Paul Pogba's long-range strike gave European Championship runners-up France a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifying Group A match in Amsterdam.

Jeffrey Bruma's loose pass was intercepted by Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny in the 31st minute who quickly fed Pogba. Captain Kevin Strootman gave the Manchester United star far too much time and space and Pogba unleashed a powerful drive from 30 meters that Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could only deflect on its way into the back of the net.

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The U.S. Women's National Team notched up two second-half goals to earn a 3-1 victory against the Netherlands in front of 15,652 fans at the Georgia Dome.

The Netherlands scored the game's first goal less than two minutes into the contest on an abrupt counter attack finished by Shanice van de Sanden. U.S. WNT captain Carli Lloyd evened the score in the 35th minute with an assist from Tobin Heath, marking her 94th career goal in her 230th international appearance.

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U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 21 players to the roster ahead of matches against Thailand on Sept. 15 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and on Sept. 18 against the Netherlands (7 p.m. ET on FS1) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

The USA's meeting with Thailand, the first in the history of the programs, will mark the final game in a U.S. uniform for veteran midfielder Heather O'Reilly, who announced her retirement from international soccer last week. It will be O'Reilly's 231st appearance in a U.S. career that began as a 17-year-old in 2002. She will be honored before the match in which she will serve as captain.

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Marco van Basten is leaving his post as assistant coach of the Netherlands' national team to join the world football governing body FIFA, the Dutch football association KNVB announced on Tuesday.

The 51-year-old van Basten will stay on as assistant of current head coach Danny Blind until the KNVB finds a successor, but until no later than the last World Cup qualifier of this year on November 13 away against Luxembourg.

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Forwards Memphis Depay and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were the main absentees from the Netherlands football squad named on Friday for the forthcoming friendly against Greece and the World Cup 2018 qualifier against Sweden.

Head coach Danny Blind emphasised that Depay has to get more playing time at his club Manchester United. Schalke's Huntelaar was also left out, because Blind prefers Vincent Janssen, Luuk de Jong and Bas Dost as his first three strikers. Just like in the previous internationals this year, Robin van Persie was not included for the same reason as Huntelaar.

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Britain's women's hockey team won the Olympic gold medal for the first time thanks to a stunning 2-0 (3-3) shoot-out triumph over defending champions and the Netherlands, while Germany defeated New Zealand 2-1 to take bronze in Rio.

Goalkeeper Maddie Hinch was the heroine for Britain on Friday, making numerous key saves in the match before keeping a clean-sheet in the shoot-out as she played a starring role to help her team achieve a moment of sporting history.

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