Dutch football fever gets off to good start

Tens of thousands of Dutch football fans celebrated Oranje’s 3-0 victory over Italy in the centre of Bern on Monday night, but there were no serious incidents and the atmosphere was friendly, according to media reports.

Some 15,000 people had followed the match on giant screens. A similar number were said to have been inside the stadium itself, although the Dutch football association had only been allocated 6,000 tickets.
The mood was similar in the Netherlands, where seven million people followed the game on tv. Thousands went onto the streets to celebrate. Apart from a few small fights, the night passed off peacefully, news agency ANP reported. In central Rotterdam, a police stop and search action turned up no weapons at all, NOS tv said. Three people were arrested for minor offences.
The last time the Netherlands beat Italy at football was at the World Cup in Argentina in 1978 and Monday’s victory dominates the newspaper front pages.
‘Oranje bellissimo’ screams the Telegraaf in orange letters across the entire front page. ‘You see, you can beat Italy,’ says the Volkskrant, referring to football veteran Johan Cruijff’s comments that victory over Italy is impossible.
‘Italy shoved to one side,’ says Trouw. The front page of free newspaper De Pers is dominated by Ruud van Nistelrooij in action and the words ‘uno, due, tre’. ‘Sublime Oranje humiliate Italy,’ is the headline on the NOS news website.
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