The rivalry between the two countries goes back to the second world war when Germany occupied the Netherlands with Dutch anger subsequently spilling on to the pitch

Germany 2 Holland 2 1937

The home team were strong favourites when the Dutch turned up in Düsseldorf for this friendly. The Rhein-stadium was covered in swastikas and the German team did a Nazi salute during both national anthems, as reported by totalfootballnl.com. Ernst Lehner scored both of Germany's goal but Henk van Spaandonck equalised twice, the second time in the last minute.

West Germany 2 Holland 1 1974

The Dutch had beaten Brazil in their second-round group to seal their place in the 1974 World Cup final but were unsettled by a report in the German tabloid Bild that Johan Cruyff had spent a night with a "naked woman" by the team hotel pool. The Dutch player spent the night before the final on the phone to his wife and Holland lost the game. The Dutch anti-German sentiment was summed up by the midfielder Willem van Hanegem, who said after the final: "I didn't give a damn as long as we humiliated them. They murdered my father, sister and two brothers. I hate them."

West Germany 1 Holland 2 1988

The host nation took the lead in this European Championship semi-final in Hamburg through Lothar Matthäus but this time the Dutch hit back, first through a Ronald Koeman penalty in the 74th minute before Marco van Basten won the game with two minutes remaining. The celebrations, however, were undignified with Ronald Koeman pretending to wipe his bottom with a Germany shirt.

West Germany 2 Holland 1 1990

A match most remembered for the clash between Rudi Völler and Frank Rijkaard, which led to both of them being sent off after 22 minutes. They clashed several times before being shown the red card with the Dutch player twice spitting at Völler, earning him the nickname "the Llama" in the German press. Jürgen Klinsmann gave Germany the lead before late goals by Andreas Brehme and Ronald Koeman.