It was a fourth match in charge without a win for Netherlands coach Frank de Boer, whose record is now a loss and three draws.The Netherlands were missing captain Virgil van Dijk, who is sidelined for months with a serious knee injury, and quickly also lost Manchester City defender Nathan Ake, who limped off with an apparent hamstring injury in the sixth minute. Georginio Wijnaldum, on his 30th birthday, was captain in the absence of his Liverpool team-mate.Spain had taken the lead in the 19th minute when Sergio Canales scored his first international goal. – Advertisement – Alvaro Morata, who has scored three goals in his last three matches with Juventus, turned provider for Spain’s opener. He turned away from Frenkie de Jong and Daley Blind before passing to Canales, who had time and room to calmly slide a low, left-foot shot past Marco Bizot, who was making his debut in the Dutch goal at age 29.Spain were more urgent in the first half, pressing the makeshift Dutch defence high up the pitch and not letting De Boer’s team settle into its passing game. The closest the Dutch came to scoring before the break was a shot by Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong straight at Simon.The hosts’ intensity picked up after the break and was rewarded immediately when a cross by Owen Wijndal bounced through the penalty area to Van de Beek, who fired a low shot past Simon for his second international goal. – Advertisement – Donny van de Beek put his Manchester United troubles behind him to score the equaliser as the Netherlands came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Spain in a friendly at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday.Van de Beek has struggled to establish himself as a first-team player in Manchester but felt right at home back at the stadium where he rose to prominence with Ajax as he drilled a low shot past Unai Simon in the 47th minute.- Advertisement – Image:Nathan Ake had to go off after picking up an injury during Wednesday night’s friendly The game then opened up with both sides coming close to a winner.Koke lobbed just over the bar in the 60th minute and Memphis Depay, with time and space in Spain’s penalty area, shot too close to Simon, allowing the keeper to make a sharp save to his left. De Jong also had a good late chance, but could not find room for a shot after a good cross by Denzel Dumfries.Sergio Ramos came on as an 85th-minute substitute for his 176th international, drawing level with former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as the European with the most caps. The world record is Ahmed Hassans 184 for Egypt.What’s next?Netherlands host Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Nations League on Sunday at 5pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League – before travelling to Poland in the Nations League on Wednesday at 7.45pm – live on Sky Sports Football red button.Spain travel to Switzerland in the Nations League on Sunday at 7.45pm – live on Sky Sports Football red button – before hosting Germany in the Nations League on Tuesday at 7.45pm – live on Sky Sports Football. Image:Sergio Canales scores his first international goal for Spain – Advertisement –
1 Liverpool’s transfer business this summer has been impressive in its decisiveness and it seems they are determined to sign a striker sooner rather than later.The Mirror report that, having had a £22m bid for Christian Benteke rejected by Aston Villa, the Anfield club are prepared to offer in excess of £25m, although still short of the player’s £32.5m release clause.Having left it late to sign a striker last summer and ended up taking a (so far) unsuccessful punt on Mario Balotelli, it appears Brendan Rodgers is keen to secure his first choice targets this time round.But despite scoring 42 Premier League goals in 89 games, opinion among Liverpool fans on the suitability of the 24-year-old Belgian to flourish on Merseyside is decidedly split.Here are some examples of the debate raging between Reds about the pursuit of Benteke… Christian Benteke
If you’ve ever stumbled back late at night to your dim apartment, where you tripped over a houseplant as you groped for the light switch, bluegill sunfish feel your pain. The freshwater swimmers (Lepomis macrochirus), notable for their flat bodies and yellow, orange, or red bellies, have to deal with numerous rocks and vegetation that block their path in the lakes and streams they call home. So how do they avoid accidents? They use their eyes, of course, but new research reveals that they also grope around like humans do. Scientists placed individual bluegills in separate tanks and had them swim through an obstacle course of acrylic tubes (video above). In order to ensure that the fish could rely only on their fins, the team turned out the lights or numbed the animals’ lateral line nervous system, which allows them to sense shifting water pressure and motion (another method they use to find their way around). In each case, the fish tapped the tubes with their pectoral fins as they approached, using the feedback to successfully navigate the course. The finding, researchers report today in The Journal of Experimental Biology, could improve the design of robotic fish and other mechanical creatures.