ET 8 min: "Who does the referee most look like ... John Toshack or Simon Cowell?" More chances would fall the Italians’ way too, as first Toni and then Fabio Grosso couldn’t beat the inspired retiring shot-stopper between the sticks. Italians content to defend, knowing they'll either nick one or win it on penalties.". Cannavaro, by the way, lines up with his team-mates and belts out "Inno di Mameli" with great gusto. I've not been counting - they just popped up on screen and give some idea as to Spain's supremacy of possession. Just a few moments later, the Dutch doubled their lead in thrilling fashion. The first weekend of Euro 2008 came to an end with one of the heavyweight clashes of the group stages as the Netherlands faced Italy in Bern. Torres beats two defenders and bashes a shot at goal. It's a corner! Pirlo was named man of the match. I'm sure I don't know what you mean. "Can you really call Spain's anthem a 'song'? Qualification for Euro 2008 means the four-time World Cup winners – they were triumphant in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006 – have reached the last four European Championship finals tournaments. ET 20 min: Brilliant stuff from Spain - Silva slips a sublime pass to Villa, but the angle is tight and Buffon saves well. Then Senna gives away a cheap free-kick in the Spain half. And now Villa's won a free-kick down the other end ... 23 min: ... Villa gives it the hammer, but Buffon is equal to it. However, Italy emerged back into the Swiss night armed for battle, with fresh impetus going forward. Peep Peeeeeeep! Then a gash cross from Zambrotta. 76 min: Let's think positive. In 1968, as the host nation of what was then the European Nations Cup, they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 in a final replay after a 1-1 draw. Share on Facebook; Share on … He's still keeping cool, but he's failing to deliver on any of Spain's penalty claims. I'm hoping that 'flipping' isn't some sort of American slang, Nick. Does a song, by definition, have words?" And they probably will. "I'm fairly sure that 'Malouda' or 'Boumsong' are acceptable forms of French for dross," writes Chris Kempshall. 72 min: Villa booked for diving in the area, but his foot slipped and it's a farcical yellow card. 15 min: Torres jinks inside, but runs only into a forest of Daz white shirts. Neither side has been great, but in general play they've been far superior to the Italians, who've been toothless as a gummy bear. Turns out to be a Malteser. Silva needs treatment. The Juventus veteran had now played at four separate European Championships, equalling the record held by Lothar Matthäus and someone he was sharing a pitch with in Buffon. Del Piero’s influence on proceedings was felt immediately as he tested Van der Sar with a stinging shot before crashing another strike just over the crossbar. It's deflected! 83 min: Di Natale crosses and Toni, his confidence undimmed by profligacy, tries a spectacular overhead kick which only serves to deflect the ball away from the onrushing Grosso.