Dutch crush France to win group of death

Posted Sabtu, Jun 14, 2008 by Lelaki Herba in Labels:



The Netherlands blew France away with a 4-1 masterclass of total football on Friday that gave them an unassailable six points to win Group C after Italy and Romania had hammered out a 1-1 draw earlier.




For France it was not only their heaviest defeat in almost 30 years but left them bottom of Group C.



Holland thereby become the third side to make the cut for the last eight after Portugal and Croatia qualified from groups A and B earlier in the week.

For France it was not only their heaviest defeat in almost 30 years but left them bottom of Group C.

Holland can field a second string side against Romania Tuesday, lose that match and still win the group, which is good news for second placed Romania on two points while Italy and France, the world cup finalists two years ago, both have a single point from their two games.

Dirk Kuyt opened the Dutch account when his powerful header from an eighth minute corner left Gregory Coupet no chance to save. It was an ominous moment and all the signs of what was to come were already in place.

The second came after half time when two Dutch substitues combined, Arjen Robben skinning Claude Makelele on the right to centre for a flying Robin van Persie's flashing shot that Coupet could only parry into his own goal just before the hour.

Thierry Henry raised French hopes momentarily when he got in front of the Dutch defence to clip home a Willy Sagnol cross after 70 minutes.

But Robben killed of France's brief hopes with a stunning shot from a tight angle only a minute later to make it 3-1.

But the fourth goal will have struck fear far and wide as Wesley Sneijder made it 4-1 with a precision shot from way outside the box.

Source: NST.com.my



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