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France 0-2 Italy & Netherlands 2-0 Romania
Zurich/Berne, 17 June 2008
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France and Italy fans wait for kick-off in Zurich

France 0-2 Italy: Fans of the sides wait for kick-off in Zurich knowing that both their teams could go out whether they win or not

France manager Raymond Domenech

Raymond Domenech makes a number of changes bringing in Francois Clerc, Eric Abidal and Karim Benzema for the big game

Italy boss Roberto Donadoni makes changes for the big game

Italy boss Roberto Donadoni leaves out Mauro Camoranesi and Alessandro del Piero for Antonio Cassano and Gennaro Gattuso

Ribery shows his discomfort

France receive a big early setback when Franck Ribery is stretchered off after falling awkwardly while challenging Gianluca Zambrotta

Pirlo gives Italy the lead

The situation worsens for Domenech when Eric Abidal is sent off for fouling Luca Toni and Andrea Pirlo converts the resulting penalty

Henry shoots wide for France

A chance to equalise goes begging when Thierry Henry gets clear of Italy's defence before shooting wide

Grosso bends in a free-kick

Fabio Grosso almost doubles Italy's lead late in the first half but France keeper Gregory Coupet turns his free-kick onto the post

De Rossi celebrates Italy's second goal

France's hopes of progressing are finally killed off just after the hour when Daniele De Rossi's 30-yard free-kick is deflected home by Henry

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon consoles Henry

The result sees France go out while Italy now face a mouth-watering quarter-final against Spain on Sunday

Romania and Netherlands fans wait for kick-off

Netherlands 2-0 Romania: Having drawn with France and Italy, Romania know a win will guarantee their place in the quarter-finals

Marius Niculae shows his frustration

With the Dutch making nine changes, Romania have the first good chance but Marius Niculae fires just wide

Huntelaar bears down on goal

Holland striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is almost through on goal but Cosmin Contra gets a toe in to divert the ball onto his arm

Mutu cracks in a shot

With Italy beating France, Adrian Mutu tries to break the deadlock in Berne but his shot from range goes narrowly wide

Robben shows his frustration

The Dutch look certain to take the lead shortly before the interval but Arjen Robben somehow misses from close range

Huntelaar celebrates his goal for Holland

Nine minutes into the second half, Marco van Basten's side break the deadlock when Huntelaar slots home from Ibrahim Afellay's cross

Van Persie nets Holland's second

They wrap-up victory in the 87th minute when Robin van Persie beats Bogdan Lobont at his near post with a fine effort

The players shake ends at the end of the game

With three wins out of three, the Netherlands travel to Basel for Saturday's quarter-final against either Russia or Sweden

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