World Champions Thumped by the Dutch!

Jonathon MurphyCorrespondent IJune 10, 2008

Well we said Netherlands were on form but a huge win over Italy shows they're in remarkable form.

3-0 is the scoreline of a great win by any means.

The first goal happened in the 26th minute when Ruud van Nistelrooy side-footed Holland into the lead. Holland's confidence seemed to grow from there. We could say that the goal was offside and I thought it was along with other football pundits.

Nevertheless it was a goal that put Holland in the lead.

Soon after Ruud's Real Madrid colleague Wesley Sneijder doubled Holland's lead. It wasn't looking good for the world champions.

After this Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar kept Italy at bay with some amazing saves.

It surely looked that Holland were home and dry and then settled it with a header from Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Holland can now look in confidence toward the France game on Friday, surely they will go through if they win there.

It is looking up for the Netherlands.

Could it be their year?

Team Sheet

1Edwin van der Sar
2André Ooijer
4Joris Mathijsen
5Giovanni van Bronckhorst
8Orlando Engelaar
9Ruud van Nistelrooy
10Wesley Sneijde
17Nigel de Jong
18Dirk Kuyt
21Khalid Boulahrouz
23Rafael van der Vaart


1Gianluigi Buffon
2Christian Panucci
6Andrea Barzagli
8Gennaro Gattuso
9Luca Toni
11Antonio Di Natale
13Massimo Ambrosini
16Mauro Camoranesi
19Gianluca Zambrotta
21Andrea Pirlo
23Marco Materazzi