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Euro 2008 day seven as it happened

EURO 2008 GROUP C RESULTS
Netherlands 4-1 France Match report
Italy 1-1 Romania Match report

GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

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By Caroline Cheese

It's so hard to pick a Champagne Moment from what was a Champagne game between the Netherlands and France, but we've gone for the mad minute in which Thierry Henry pulled one back for France with a deft finish only for Holland to go ahead again through Arjen Robben's devastating shot from nowhere.

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Minute of madness in Berne

Champagne moment time, and while I pick through the vast selection of breathtaking moments from the Netherlands-France game, here's the easy one: Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon keeps his side in the tournament with a brilliant penalty stop from Adrian Mutu.

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Buffon keeps Italy in Euro 2008

2152: I'm still struggling with Group C ramifications. Here's what I reckon... Romania are through if they beat Holland or if they draw and so do Italy and France. The winner of Italy-France will go through if Romania lose or draw. If Italy and France draw and Romania lose, Italy will go through if there are goals in the draw. If not, Romania progress as long as they don't lose by more than two goals. Otherwise, Italy go through. Easy as one, two, er, four. Is it?

2146: "I'm falling in love with the Dutch... they're truly sensational, providing us with arguably the two most entertaining games in the Euros so far and two thrashings over possibly the two best teams in Europe, I'm tempted to nip down the bookies to put a tenner on Holland for champions now."
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2144: I've just decided I'm going to phone Uefa because there is no way I can wait until Tuesday to see the denouement of Group C. It's impossible. I will go insane.

2139: So Holland go through to the quarter-finals as Group C winners. Group of Death? No problemo. A tie against Sweden could await. Romania, France and Italy are left to fight for the crumbs. And as absolutely everyone has pointed out, if Romania beat Holland on Tuesday, Italy and France - the World Cup finalists - will fall at the first hurdle.

2135: FULL-TIME Netherlands 4-1 France

2134: GOAL Netherlands 4-1 France
Robin van Persie passes to Wesley Sneijder and charges into the penalty area, screaming for the return. Forget it RVP. From the edge of the box, Sneijder takes a touch and curls a stunning shot into the top corner to seal a simply devastating display by the Dutch.

2133: "What about some words on Van Basten's brave and brilliant substitutions?"
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You just provided it, Anon.

2131: Arjen Robben sends a low shot spinning just past the post. A fourth goal would be very harsh on the French but Holland are just deadly on the counter-attack.

2130: A free-kick for France, dead centre, about 25 yards out. To my surprise, Franck Ribery's effort isn't bad. An inch over the bar.

2128: My colleague Dan 'The Stat' Warren points out there have been 27 shots tonight, 19 of which have been on target. Cripes. Nicolas Anelka tumbles over, looking for a penalty, but he'd lost control of the ball and the French appeals are muted.

2126: Ruud van Nistelrooy - who deserves a goal for his performance tonight - stretches for a lofted header, which has Gregory Coupet scrambling back and palming the ball away just before it nestles in the corner.

2123: "If it stays as is surely the Dutch should lose deliberately to Romania and dump Italy and France out! They'd be top and wouldn't have to face them later on."
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2122: Robin van Persie's goal was Holland's 50th in European Championship history - the first country to reach the landmark. They won't be too worried about that right now though. It's another brilliant, counter-attacking display from the Dutch.

2121: Wilfred Bouma comes on for the Netherlands, replacing Rafael van der Vaart. I don't want Friday the 13th to end - two fabulous games today.

2117: A demoralised France make a change as Nicolas Anelka replaces Sidney Govou.

2113: GOAL Netherlands 3-1 France
Unbelievable. Arjen Robben seems to have nothing on as he tries to twist and turn away from the attentions of Lilian Thuram but the winger makes an inch of space and smashes it into the top of the net. A fabulous goal which prompts a brief moment of stunned silence at the Wankdorf Stadium before the Dutch fans eventually rub their eyes and believe what they've just seen.

2113: GOAL Netherlands 2-1 France
Willy Sagnol drives in the low cross and Thierry Henry gets ahead of the defender to get the slightest of touches to beat Edwin van der Sar.

2111: Holland break again and Ruud van Nistelrooy floats a lovely crossfield ball towards Arjen Robben but with Gregory Coupet in no-mans land, William Gallas intervenes with a crucial header.

2109: Robin van Persie robs Lilian Thuram in midfield but he's all on his own as he breaks and he squares into the box for... Van Nobody.

2103: You can't help thinking that Holland's name might be on the trophy. Italy had all sorts of chances to score against them but ended up with a 3-0 spanking. France are all over them after the interval but Holland break away and score with their first chance of the half.

2100: GOAL Netherlands 2-0 France
Ruud van Nistelrooy's cheeky backheel finds Arjen Robben galloping down the left and he picks out fellow sub Robin van Persie with the cross. French keeper Gregory Coupet gets a hand to the shot but the ball creeps over the line.

2058: Another change from Marco van Basten. It's a Premier League for Premier League change as goalscorer Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt makes way for Arsenal's Robin van Persie.

2057: When is a handball not a handball? Time to consult the BBC Sport website's brilliant You Are The Ref I would think...
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2056: The much-maligned Florent Malouda flicks the ball up and puts a lovely pass into the path of Thierry Henry. He's one on one with Edwin van der Sar but chips well over the bar. Oh Terry.

2053: Andre Ooijer is the next man into Herbert Fandel's little black book for cynically hauling back Thierry Henry - who is becoming increasingly influential in this game.

2051: Incredible scramble in the Dutch penalty area. A couple of shots are blocked before the ball comes to Sidney Govou. His shot comes off a Dutch defender and arrives at Thierry Henry's feet. His fierce effort cannons off Andre Ooijer's arm - prompting Henry to scream for a penalty. The ref says no. Definitely hands - but he probably couldn't have avoided it.

2049: Thierry Henry spins away from two men on the left and crosses for Franck Ribery - but the Dutch defender gets there first.

2048: That change prompts a tactical shuffle from Dutch coach Marco van Basten. Wesley Sneijder will play just behind Ruud van Nistelrooy, with Arjen Robben wide left.

2047: Holland make a change as the second-half gets under way. Arjen Robben is on, Orlando Engelaar - who had a poor first-half - is off.

2045: There's no stopping Fabio Capello now he's learnt English is there? I think it takes away a bit of the mystery surrounding the England boss. Anyway, he's on the BBC again. He says Portugal are a very good team but are "Deco-dependent." A brilliant phrase.

2041: "I'm not scared because you can see they're trying."
Former France international Marcel Desailly

2039: A goal always works wonders for your chances on Player Rater, and today is no different. Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt leads the way with a hefty 7.76 - the only man to break the magic seven barrier. Franck Ribery is France's top man with 6.98, but poor old Florent Malouda is languishing on 4.40. Poor Florent.
Netherlands v France player rater

2037: "What Domenech should do is put Abidal on for Malouda and put Evra on the left wing - that was his natural position so he can certainly do the job, better than Malouda anyway."
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2036: "It helps if you look at the ball if you're defending a corner."
BBC analyst Martin O'Neill on Florent Malouda

2033: Decent half that. Holland probably deserve their lead but France started to show signs of life as the half wore on.

2031: HALF-TIME Netherlands 1-0 France

2028: Thierry Henry turns in a flash on the edge of the box and shoots - high and wide.

2026: Here's a stat to strike fear into French hearts: Of the 14 European Championship games in which Holland have taken the lead, they have only failed to win one.

2022: Sidney Govou brings the ball down and plays in Franck Ribery, who slides a low ball across goal just too far in front of Thierry Henry.

2020: And Edwin van der Sar makes it a hat-trick of saves, this time from Franck Ribery. Holland on the back foot for the moment.

2019: Edwin van der Sar does well to hang onto Florent Malouda's low shot as the French attackers line up to stab in the rebound. A moment later, Sidney Govou has a shot but it's too close to the keeper.

2017: Claude Makelele is in the book now for flinging both arms at Rafael van der Vaart as he tries to escape the Dutch midfielder's attentions. Van der Vaart needs treatment but he will be fine.

2016: "I've been impressed with Holland this first half an hour."
BBC analyst Mark Lawrenson

2013: Another minute, another breathtaking move from Holland. Khalid Boulahrouz gets to the byeline but there's no-one in the box to apply the finishing touch to his low cross.

2010: Incidentally, should you be reading this on the BBC Sport website (in the UK), you may be interested to know you can actually watch this game. I know. The internet is brilliant. But don't leave me here on my own. I get lonely.
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2008: Brilliant work from Sidney Govou, flicking the ball up to beat the defender and then firing a low shot in at the near post - well-saved by Edwin van der Sar.

2006: Lilian Thuram is stretching for the defensive header and can only head it straight to Dirk Kuyt, who is in Liverpool form as he blazes over the bar.

2004: Maybe I was wrong (see 1931). Maybe Holland can be that good again. A slick passing move ends with Ruud van Nistelrooy collecting the ball on the edge of the box - but the shot is blocked.

2000: Franck Ribery threaten to burst clear after Holland lose possession in midfield but he's eventually stopped. Despite trailing, France look a lot brighter than they did against Romania.

1958: "Does Domenech look like he's wearing an 18th Century wig?"
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1957: "Malouda forgot something vital there. Head the ball away."
BBC analyst Mark Lawrenson

1954: GOAL Netherlands 1-0 France
Simple really. Gio van Bronckhorst swings over the corner, Andre Ooijer misses it but Dirk Kuyt easily beats a miserable challenge from Florent Malouda to power in the header.

1952: "With Henry in we are seeing some movement at least. Toulalan and Makelele have someone to pass to, unlike the other day."
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1949: Claude Makelele is very, very lucky to escape a booking as he jumps into Dirk Kuyt. He gets a stern talking-to from Mr Fandel instead. A moment later, Fandel awards Holland a goal-kick when it should have been a corner for France. Terrible start from the ref.

1948: Ruud van Nistelrooy has two choices. Shoot or set up Dirk Kuyt. He shoots - but it doesn't trouble the keeper.

1946: An early delay as Claude Makelele spots a rogue orange ball on the pitch and boots it into row Z. Superb clearance.

1945: Away we go then. Holland will not only qualify for the quarter-finals but they'll top the group of they win this. Fact.

1943: It's very cool in Berne, reports Mottie. Skippers Lilian Thuram and Edwin van der Sar exchange pennants in the centre circle, as ref Herbert Fandel looks on. Great atmosphere. I can't wait...

1941: The Dutch supporters will outnumber their French counterparts by a massive six to one at the Wankdorf Stadium in Berne. Both sets of fans merrily sing along to the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army as the teams come out.

1939: Apparently the Dutch team's brilliant performance against Italy has prompted an unlikely boom in sales of the orange bellpepper. One grower in the Netherlands has seen his sales triple. Blimey.

1936: "Domenech has done a good job. He has reorganised the team and made some good changes. But I'm surprised Evra is in for Abidal."
Former France international Marcel Desailly on the BBC

1931: Jonathan texts in to ask for my prediction, as well as to warn me about BBC sausages. Thanks for that. Unlike my good friend Stevo, I don't deal in predictions, but I will say this: I think Holland's performance against Italy was a bit of a perfect storm. I don't think they'll be that good again. Likewise, I can't see France being as bad as they were against Romania.

1926: "As the tournament heats up it is nice to see the clean sheets begin to dry up!"
Will, Windsor, via text on 81111

1923: ...not a great deal as it turns out. Never mind. Who needs food when it's Holland v France?

1912: So France recall Thierry Henry up front to play alongside Sydney Govou, with Nicolas Anelka and Karim Benzema dropped. Patrice Evra comes in for Eric Abidal. Holland are unchanged from the side that beat Italy 3-0 in their first group game. What a surprise. I'll leave you to mull that over while I see what delights the BBC canteen has to offer on a Friday night...

1910: TEAMS
Netherlands: Van der Sar, Boulahrouz, Ooijer, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst, De Jong, Engelaar, Kuyt, Van der Vaart, Sneijder, van Nistelrooy. Subs: Timmer, Stekelenburg, Heitinga, De Zeeuw, Van Persie, Robben, Melchiot, Bouma, De Cler, Huntelaar, Afellay, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
France: Coupet, Sagnol, Thuram, Gallas, Evra, Govou, Toulalan, Makelele, Malouda, Ribery, Henry. Subs: Mandanda, Frey, Boumsong, Abidal, Vieira, Anelka, Benzema, Nasri, Clerc, Squillaci, Gomis, Diarra.

1907: "Think if Holland beat France tonight then they may go easy on Romania in the final game to ensure an early exit for the French and the Italians?"
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Oooh, I love a conspiracy theory.

1904: As it stands, Italy now must beat France in their final group game on Tuesday. Simple as. Even so, they may not get through to the last eight.

1900: Absolutely no prizes for guessing who's top of the opos on Player Rater. It's Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon with 7.64 - and that mark is going up faster than petrol prices. His opposite number Bogdan Lobont is the next best thing with 7.53.
Italy v Romania player rater

1858: "Cracking game. Romania much better than expected. Italy very unlucky for the second game running. Be nice to see both go through. Don't suppose they will though!"
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1856: "Who said the Euros will be boring without England? Well I did actually... How wrong was I?!"
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1854: An incredible game. Hard to know where to start. Italy's quarter-final hopes still look bleak but they were a brilliant Gianluigi Buffon save from going out altogether. Romania have now drawn with both the World Cup finalists.

1852: FULL-TIME Italy 1-1 Romania

1851: Romania on the counter-attack and Cosmin Contra is halted by a brilliant challenge from Daniele de Rossi. The ref doesn't see it that way though and gives Romania the free-kick and De Rossi a yellow card. Of course, the free-kick is fairly hopeless. Into added time.

1849: The Italians seem to have resorted to falling over every time the ball comes into the area. Fabio Quagliarella is the latest to try it - but he's been flagged offside from Luca Toni's header down anyway.

1847: Adrian Mutu goes off, looking as massively disappointed as you would expect. Razvan Cocis is the man to replace him.

1846: Luca Toni tumbles in the area under a challenge from Dorin Goian but the ref waves away his penalty appeal.

1844: "What a save, SAVE OF THE SEASON!"
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1839: PENALTY SAVE
Incredible drama. Italy's Christian Panucci for hauling down Daniel Niculae. The Italians are absolutely incredulous. It's a decision much like the one Austria won against Poland last night. But Gianluigi Buffon may just have saved his country from utter humiliation by brilliantly saving Adrian Mutu's spot-kick. He goes the right way and just manages to stick a leg up to keep it out.

1839: Penalty to Romania.

1837: With Italy threatening again, Cosmin Contra calmly chests the ball into his keeper's arms from about three yards out. Even Bogdan Lobont is smiling at the impudence of that.

1836: Italy take off skipper Alessandro del Piero and replace him with Fabio Quagliarella. Keeper Gianluca Buffon resumes captaincy duties. Italy have 13 minutes to conjure up a winner.

1833: What a save by Bogdan Lobont - another player having a cracking game in Zurich. The Romania keeper gets down low to keep out Luca Toni's firm header.

1832: "It might not be a bad thing. Goian's had an absolute shocker today."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Dean Saunders

1832: Dorin Goian will not be lining up against the Netherlands in Romania's last group game. He gets his second yellow of the tournament.

1829: Chance for Romania. Daniel Niculae brings the ball down in the area and his shot is deflected into the path of Banel Nicolita but Fabio Grosso is there with the last-ditch tackle. What a game the Italy left-back is having.

1828: "The big question now is which goal did Dan in Liverpool (see 1806), celebrate the most?"
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1824: "It's like Luca Toni is not playing against any defenders. Every time the ball comes near him, he seems to be on his own. He's absolutely destroyed the centre-backs."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Dean Saunders

1822: Italy sub Antonio Cassano lays the ball off for Alessandro del Piero, whose through-ball is just too far ahead of Luca Toni.

1819: And that's Petre's last action of the game. He is replaced by Banel Nicolita. Italy made a change just after their equaliser, with Antonio Cassano coming on for Simone Perrotta.

1818: Adrian Mutu plays in Florentin Petre but his well-struck shot is blocked by Fabio Grosso.

1815: GOAL Italy 1-1 Romania
Giorgio Chiellini heads the cross back across goal for Christian Panucci to stab home from close range. The cat takes one look at the pigeons and thinks better of it.

1813: GOAL Italy 0-1 Romania
Yes I have typed that correctly. The cat is very much among the pigeons. Gianluca Zambrotta is right under a hopeful long ball and heads it straight into the path of Adrian Mutu who smashes the ball under the crossbar. Roberto Donadoni is not looking so cool now.

1811: A rare lull in the action in Zurich. It's almost as if they knew I had to remind you of this... Did you know that if you text the word 'euros' to 81010 you will get a link to our Euro 2008 website? Click on that for mobile international football tournament news heaven. Remember, texts to the BBC cost 10p to 15p and that although our site is free for you to access, your network operator will charge you for the amount of data you use.

1806: Luca Toni causes havoc in the Romania area again but the ball goes narrowly over his head.

1806: "I've made a decision. I WILL propose to my girlfriend if Italy win this evening. She's Italian so it's sort of fitting."
Dan, Liverpool, via text on 81111

1802: Long shadows in Zurich as Tom Henning gets the second half under way. Remember, Italy will go out of Euro 2008 if they lose this game and they'll be in all sorts of bother if they only draw.

1758: If you want to enjoy the madness of Twenty20 cricket featuring England and New Zealand, you can join my good friend Benjamino Dirsio. He'll be gutted he's not watching his Italian compatriots in action.
Live Twenty20 cricket: England v New Zealand

1753: It's a close-run thing on Player Rater but Italy left-back Fabio Grosso is the man in front on 7.32, just ahead of keeper Gianluigi Buffon.
Italy v Romania player rater

1748: HALF-TIME Italy 0-0 Romania

1747: Have the fates abandoned Italy? Luca Toni nods home a cleverly-worked Italy corner but the linesman spots an offside. But Toni and Alessandro del Piero were both onside when Gianluca Zambrotta's ball came in.

1744: "I think that it is the best 41 minutes of football without a goal I have ever seen..."
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1742: Andrea Pirlo is rolling around after a challenge from Adrian Mutu. Yellow for Mutu. Romania will be relieved to hear the half-time whistle - due in about two minutes.

1739: Italy go close three times in a minute and it's Luca Toni's heading ability causing all the problems for Romania. Toni heads down for Simone Perrotta, who takes a touch before Paul Codrea comes in with the vital challenge. Bogdan Lobont then palms away Toni's far-post header from a right-wing corner before the Romania keeper somehow smothers the ball with three Italians waiting to prod home.

1737: Our BBC Radio 5 Live commentator reckons Roberto Donadoni looks like a man under pressure. As he silently studies the action, the Italy boss stands with one hand on his hip and the other in his pocket. I'd love to see him when he's relaxed.

1732: Italy have got a free-kick about 30 yards out. Miles over from Alessandro del Piero. As an anonymous texter suggests, I should just copy and paste from my 1708 entry.

1729: "This tournament is becoming quite good."
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1728: Razvan Rat fires one from just outside the box which fizzes just beyond the post. Agony for the Romania defender. This is end-to-end stuff now.

1727: "Surely it's only a matter of time before Del Piero connects with one of these crosses."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Dean Saunders

1726: Fabio Grosso delivers another decent cross from the left but Alessandro del Piero can't quite enough on his header and it goes wide.

1725: Lovely interchange between Cosmin Contra and Florentin Petre on the right but Italy crowd out the only Romania attacker in the box as the cross comes over. Nicolae Dica comes on to replace the injured Mirel Radoi.

1721: Romania defender Mirel Radoi is on the motorised stretcher after a clash of heads with his team-mate. He won't be back.

1720: Oh. My. Word. Romania skipper Christian Chivu takes the free-kick from 40 yards and it takes a massive, massive deflection off Christian Panucci before coming back off the post.

1717: Gianluigi Buffon comes to Italy's rescue again. Gabriel Tamas lets fly from the edge of the area and the keeper just about scrambles it away. This is an enthralling game.

1715: Adrian Mutu beats the offside trap once again and skips down the left-hand channel, before forcing Gianluigi Buffon into a sharp save. Warning sign for Italy there.

1713: Mauro Camoranesi crosses from the left and Luca Toni looks certain to head home - but the balls flies inches over his head.

1712: Fabio Grosso ventures forward from left-back and skips past a couple of defender before Romania eventually force the corner.

1709: Andrea Pirlo plays a dangerous, flighted ball and Simone Perrotta eventually chips it up for Alessandro del Piero at the near post but the skipper heads just wide.

1708: Free-kick to Italy. Andrea Pirlo takes it but it's yet another disappointing delivery. I can't tell you how bored I am of writing that.

1707: Adrian Mutu gets in behind Christian Panucci but can't quite get on the end of Gabriel Tamas' pass. Romania have already done more attacking in the game than in the entire 90 minutes against France.

1704: First sniff of goal for the Italians... Luca Toni plays in Alessandro del Piero whose shot is deflected behind for a corner. Romania clear.

1700: The clock ticks to 1700 hours and we're under way. Excellent timekeeping, as you would expect in Zurich... sorry.

1656: Italy win the anthems just about. Romania captain Christian Chivu gives the whole Italian team a great big smile and even pats one of them on the head as the two teams shake hands. That's hardly giving them hell is it? (see 1641).

1652: If you guessed the flags of Italy and Romania, congratulations. If you guessed Roberto Donadoni dressed as Count Dracula. Unlucky.

1649: Zurich's Letzigrund Stadion is treated to the now familiar mini-opening ceremony. What will the giant football open to reveal today?

1646: "No bad omens for this game: Romania and Italy are both immune to the superstition of Friday 13th. Instead, Romanians are terrified of Tuesday 13th while Italians find Friday 17th unlucky for some. A fact of the day just for you Cheese!"
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1641: If Italy weren't already aware of the task ahead of them, here's Romania defender Christian Chivu - one of four Romanians plying their trade in Serie A - with a reminder: "They are the ones that will have to push forward. So let them come because we will show them hell."

1635: "Re 1600: It gets worse Cheese! Today's match is the 13th in the 13th European Championship! Luckily the unlucky number in Italy is 7 so Forza Italia!"
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1632: "This game is going to be a complete bore. For most of it, you'll wish you were watching Wigan - Boro (no offence to fans of said distinguished clubs). Final score 1-0 Italy."
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1629: "Romania are 25/1 to win the tournament, I'm putting some money on them!"
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Not too much I hope, Chris.

1627: These two met in the quarter-finals of Euro 2000 when Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi was sent off after receiving a second yellow for diving. Romania lost 2-0, Hagi's last appearance for his country.

1620: Italy's under-fire boss Roberto Donadoni makes five changes to the side beaten by the Dutch. Fabio Grosso, Giorgio Chiellini, Simone Perrotta, Daniele de Rossi and Alessandro Del Piero come in for Andrea Barzagli, Marco Materazzi, Massimo Ambrosini, Gennaro Gattuso, Antonio Di Natale. Romania shuffle their midfield after the goalless draw with France. Paul Codrea replaces Razvan Cocis and Florentin Petre comes in for Banel Nicolita.

1618: TEAMS
Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Panucci, Chiellini, Grosso, Camoranesi, Pirlo, De Rossi, Del Piero, Perrotta, Toni. Subs: Amelia, De Sanctis, Gamberini, Barzagli, Gattuso, Di Natale, Borriello, Ambrosini, Quagliarella, Cassano, Aquilani, Materazzi.
Romania: Lobont, Contra, Tamas, Goian, Rat, Radoi, Petre, Codrea, Chivu, Mutu, Daniel Niculae. Subs: Popa, Stancioiu, Marica, Cocis, Sapunaru, Ghionea, Nicolita, Moti, Marius Niculae, Cristea, Dica, Radu.

1617: "Re 1606: if Italy lose to Romania, they deserve to go out."
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1616: Some early team news from the Italy camp. Alessandro del Piero is back in the side - and takes the captain's armband from keeper Gianluigi Buffon.

1612: "If it's Friday 13th, does that mean Gatusso is the grim sweeper?!"
Nick, London, via text on 81111

1606: I will endeavour to keep you on track with what can and cannot happen throughout today, but here's the headline: if Italy lose to Romania, the world champions will go out of Euro 2008.

1600: It's Friday the 13th. It's the Group of Death. Dah dah daaaaaaaaahhhh¿




Group C
17 June 2008 21:41
    P GD PTS
1 Netherlands 3 8 9
2 Italy 3 -1 4
3 Romania 3 -2 2
4 France 3 -5 1

MATCH STATS: AT A GLANCE

POSSESSION

31% 69%
Australia Netherlands

Australia

  • 01 Schwarzer
  • 21 Carney
  • 03 Moore (52 Kisnorbo )
  • 02 Neill
  • 04 Cahill (48 Emerton )
  • 05 Culina
  • 08 Wilkshire
  • 13 Grella (16 Valeri yellow card )
  • 14 Holman
  • 10 Kewell
  • 09 Kennedy (47 Vidosic )

Netherlands

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 02 Boulahrouz
  • 03 Heitinga
  • 04 Mathijsen
  • 05 Van Bronckhorst (77 Braafheid )
  • 06 De Zeeuw (84 Mendes Da Silva )
  • 08 Schaars yellow card (64 Van der Vaart )
  • 10 Sneijder (69 Engelaar )
  • 07 Kuyt (51 Babel )
  • 09 Huntelaar
  • 11 Elia

Ref: Tojo Minoru
Att: 40537


see also
Netherlands team guide
15 May 08 |  Netherlands
France team guide
15 May 08 |  France


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