Goals by slot resmi helped the Netherlands reach the last eight as Marco van Basten’s team beat France 4-1 in Berne.
It was another superb display by the Netherlands, winners of this competition 20 years ago, only four days after their fantastic 3-0 win against Italy.
However, France may have been successful in 1984 and 2000, but they are now in grave danger of failing to make the quarter-finals.
They face Italy next Tuesday with the prospect of both teams, World Cup finalists only two years ago, returning home early.
Van Basten, one of the stars of his country’s 1988 success, named an unchanged side, while France coach Raymond Domenech dropped Nicolas Anelka, Karim Benzema and Eric Abidal with Thierry Henry, Patrice Evra and Sidney Govou coming in to replace them.
France started the match well and Franck Ribery headed Florent Malouda’s tempting cross wide after good play by …