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Donny van de Beek puts Manchester United frustrations aside to score for Netherlands against Spain - in pictures

International friendly between 2010 World Cup finalists ends 1-1 in Amsterdam

Donny van de Beek put his Manchester United frustrations aside to score for the Netherlands in a 1-1 international friendly draw against Spain on Wednesday.

Sergio Canales opened the scoring for Spain at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam, latching on to a pass from Alvaro Morata and firing low into the net in the 19th minute.

Van de Beek then levelled early in the second half, beating Spain's debutant keeper Unai Simon at the near post.

Netherlands' Manchester City defender Nathan Ake was forced off early in the game with a muscle injury while Spain's Jose Gaya also came off in the first half, after a clash of heads with Hans Hateboer.

Luis Enrique's side had dominated the first half of the match between the 2010 World Cup finalists but the Netherlands controlled the second and missed two clear chances to win the match.

Simon thwarted captain Memphis Depay from close range with a low dive but the forward should really have put the chance away, while Luuk de Jong spurned a late foray into the area, losing control of the ball and allowing Spain's defenders to get back.

"We had some good spells but we were a bit unorganised in the second half and they piled lots of players forward and we struggled to cope with that," said Spain coach Luis Enrique. "Overall I got good sensations from the game."

Enrique fielded an experimental side ahead of upcoming Uefa Nations League matches against Switzerland and Germany, leaving captain Sergio Ramos and fellow World Cup winner Sergio Busquets out of his lineup, although Ramos came off the bench late on.

"Our plan was to have the players fresh for our two competitive games and I'm more than satisfied with what I saw," he said.

"We don't have many games but today allowed me to see that all our players can compete when called upon."

The goalscoring contribution of Van de Beek offered another reminder of his talent while he continues to struggle to break into United's starting XI.

Since joining the Premier League club in the summer for €40 million ($47m), the 23-year-old midfielder has yet to start a Premier League game, featuring for just 75 minutes across the first seven games of the season. He has been limited to four starts, two each in the Champions League and League Cup.

Updated: November 12, 2020 09:31 AM

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