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Holland 3-0 Italy

Holland began their Group C campaign in emphatic fashion with a 3-0 demolition of World Cup winners Italy.

The game really brought the tournament to light after a drab opening series of matches.

The Dutch took the lead on 26 minutes, Ruud Van Nistelrooy pounced after some very un-characteristic Italian defending. The goal looked a good yard or two offside and even the Real Madrid forward had to double check with the linesman to see if the goal had been given.

The second goal was Dutch football at its finest. From one goal-line to the other in under 20 seconds. Van Bronckhorst cleared the ball off his own goaline before a flowing counter attack which saw Wesley Sneijder finishing well from a Dirk Kuyt knockdown header.

It was no more than Holland deserved and despite an Italian onslaught in the second half, It was the Oranje that produced another fine offensive goal with former Arsenal man Giovanni van Bronckhorst heading in from close range.

It was the perfect start from Van Basten’s men and leaves the Italian’s in mighty trouble in this already tough group. They meet Romania on Friday, whilst Holland can seal their place in the quarter final with victory over World Cup finalists France.

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  1. joemaica

    10 June, 2008 at 09:30

    Italy needs to now beat Romania by 2 goals or more. Hopefully the Dutch hold on to this form going into the game against France. If Holland play like this again I can’t see Domenech and his crew offering much better resistance than what the Italians did.

    Lets face it Holland played a great game at an optimal level. The Italians turned up with a shocking game plan. They’ve still got one of the best squads at this tournament. The question is what has Roberto Donadoni learnt and does he have the know-how to benefit from his mistakes.

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