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Italy stumbles in Group of Death

David Hirshey and Roger Bennett review Monday's games and eye Tuesday's matches. Diary

Updated: June 10, 2008, 12:05 PM ET
By David Hirshey and Roger Bennett | Special to Page 2

Holland fans entered Euro thinking their team was tilting at windmills. After all, the last time we saw the Dutch on a big soccer stage they had just lost to Portugal in their 2006 World Cup quarterfinal, a 16-yellow-card, four-red-card burlesque show that was a black eye for the sport. How ironic then that the Oranje may have just saved Euro 2008 from the borefest of negativity it was quickly becoming. By opening a can of whup-ass on Italy in their Group of Death showdown, the Dutch jolted the ...

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