06-10-2008 10:46

Special Report:   2008 European Championships

After the Netherlands trounced world champions Italy 3-nil in their Euro 2008 opener, it was time for Dutch fans to bust out the bubbly and celebrate!

Netherlands soccer fans pose together before their Group C Euro 2008 soccer match against Italy at the Stade de Suisse Stadium in Bern June 9, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Netherlands soccer fans pose together before their Group C
Euro 2008 soccer match against Italy at the Stade de Suisse
Stadium in Bern June 9, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Dancing in the streets and lighting flares, fans celebrated as the Netherlands outplayed the Italians in the Stade de Suisse. A controversial goal from Ruud Van Nistelrooy; a superbly executed volley by birthday boy Wesley Sneijder and a breakaway third goal by Giovanni van Bronckhorst late in the Group C game sealed a comfortable victory and sparked delirious celebrations among the watching Orange army of fans.

Netherlands' soccer fans pose together before their Group C Euro 2008 soccer match against Italy at the Stade de Suisse Stadium in BernJune9,2008.Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Netherlands' soccer fans pose together before their Group C
Euro 2008 soccer match against Italy at the Stade de Suisse
Stadium in Bern June 9, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

It was the first win by the Dutch over Italy since the 1978 World Cup finals and puts them at the top of the group after France and Romania drew 0-0 in their opening game, which kicked off in Zurich earlier in the day.

A Netherlands' fan holds a flag before their Group C Euro 2008 soccer match against Italy at the Stade de Suisse stadium in Bern, June 9, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
A Netherlands' fan holds a flag before their Group C Euro 
2008 soccer match against Italy at the Stade de Suisse stadium
in Bern, June 9, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)