The Netherlands tied Germany, 1-1, at the European Championship yesterday in Porto, Portugal, getting an acrobatic goal from Ruud van Nistelrooy with nine minutes left in a game featuring one of soccer's great rivalries.

Germany, the 2002 World Cup runner-up and the host for 2006, has yet to lose an opening game in the European Championship.

"You know when you play Germany it's going to be tough, it's going to be compact," van Nistelrooy said. "You're not going to create a lot of chances. I think we kept fighting and the support got us through."

Van Nistelrooy scored after Andy Van der Meyde won the ball near the right corner and sent a perfect cross into the box. Van Nistelrooy, with his back to goal, connected with his right foot, putting the ball behind German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.

"We finished this game on a high," van Nistelrooy said. "We got the most out of this game. A defeat would have been disastrous for us."

Germany took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute on Torsten Frings's angled free kick. The 30-yard shot flew across the goalmouth and went in off the post, beating goalie Edwin Van der Sar.

The free kick was set up when Dutch captain Phillip Cocu drew a yellow card for upending Germany's Philipp Lahm.

"We retreated a little bit too far back in the second half," Germany Coach Rudi Voeller said. "But I must compliment my team -- this is the stuff a tournament team is made of."

* CZECH REPUBLIC 2, LATVIA 1: In the day's other Group D game, in Aveiro, Portugal, the Czechs avoided a big upset with goals in the last 17 minutes by Milan Baros and Marek Heinz.

Latvia is playing in its first major championship.

"This match showed we can compete with top sides," Latvia Coach Aleksandrs Starkovs said.

Latvia scored in the final minute of the first half on a tap-in by Maris Verpakovskis.

Then the Czechs went with two extra forwards and just three defenders, scoring the winner in the 85th minute.

Heinz, a substitute, scored with goalie Aleksandrs Kolinko well off his line.

"We knew the match would be tough, but it was even tougher than expected," Czech Republic Coach Karel Bruckner said.

The Czechs are a dark horse to win the 16-team tournament, and their performance underlined the difficulty top teams have had so far in Euro 2004: Host Portugal lost to upstart Greece in the opener, and Denmark held Italy to a 0-0 tie on Monday.

* SECURITY: Police fought with about 400 fans in a five-hour street battle that resulted in the arrests of 14 people, most from England.

One police officer was slightly injured in the violence Monday night in southern Portugal, police said.

Ten fans -- seven Englishmen, one Irishman, one Scot and one Portuguese -- needed assistance at a medical center, the statement said.

Police dispersed the fans and cordoned off several streets, with the unrest ending at dawn. The 12 detained English fans were to appear in court, but the hearing was postponed until today.

Also, police detained five German fans after a disturbance yesterday in a bar before the Germany-Netherlands game in Porto.

Diving Dutch goalie Edwin Van der Sar can't stop free kick goal by Germany's Torsten Frings (not shown) in 1st half.