A Dutch defeat to Romania on Tuesday night would have knocked the Azzurri out of the competition along with France, whatever the result of their meeting in Zurich. However, Van Basten´s side were a class above the Romanians at Bern´s Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, running out convincing 2-0 winners to hand Italy, 2-0 victors over Les Bleus, a lifeline.
"If we face Italy again we´ll be in the semi-finals," said Van Basten after second-half goals from Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie saw off Romania.
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