Dutch outclass Italy

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World champions Italy suffered a calamitous start to their Euro 2008 campaign as they succumbed to 3-0 defeat to an impressive Holland in their Group C opener in Bern.

The Dutch were lucky to take a 26th-minute lead after Ruud van Nistelrooy turned in Giovanni van Bronckhorst´s effort from an offside position.

Wesley Sneijder then celebrated his 24th birthday in style by adding his team´s second on the half-hour mark following a superb counter-attack.

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