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Van Aanholt Features in Holland Draw

17 October 2018

Patrick van Aanholt played the final 29 minutes of Holland's 1-1 draw with Belgium as the ever-improving Dutch ended a successful international break.

After they shocked Germany by running out 3-0 victors in Amsterdam last week, Ronald Koeman's team came from behind to claim a draw against their neighbours, and indeed jointly ranked number one team in the FIFA rankings.

The two goals came before the Palace man's introduction, with Dries Mertens curling in a fifth-minute opener before Arnaut Groeneveld equalised on 27 minutes in Brussels.

Having sat out the Germany win, Van Aanholt appeared as a 61st-minute substitute and helped his nation stretch their unbeaten run to seven matches as they continue to rebuild following the disappointment of failing to qualify for the past two major international tournaments.

It was the left-back's ninth cap for his country and his third of the calendar year following his recall to the Oranje team.

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