Netherlands U21’s fought out a 1-1 draw with their French counterparts in Toulouse on Monday evening.

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vilhena u21 aThe young Dutch side should have been ahead in the first five minutes, but Tonny Vilhena’s effort from close range was well saved by French keeper Areola.

The home side started to take control of the game as the first half went on, and eventually took the lead on 44 minutes, with Paul-George Ntep firing low past Mickey van der Hart from the left hand side of the area.

After the break, Netherlands went looking for the equaliser and found it on the hour mark, when Quincy Promes excellent cross was bundled in at close range by Vilhena.

The final half hour was end to end, with substitute keeper Warner Hahn producing good saves in the Dutch goal, while at the other end Netherlands were let down by a poor final ball.

The draw is a good result for both sides, and Albert Stuivenberg can be happy with some of the passing moves that were shown by his fluid moving side. One worry will be the injury to Tonny Vilhena who limped off late in the second half, and Feyenoord fans will be hoping its not serious.

Next up for the Dutch U21’s is a trip to Scotland in May, as they continue their European Championships qualification campaign.

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