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Niklas Larsson, Associated Press
Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt, left, scores on a header to open the scoring during the group C match between the Netherlands and France in Bern, Switzerland, Friday, at the Euro 2008 European Soccer Championships.

BERN, Switzerland — A three-goal second half lifted the Netherlands to a 4-1 rout of France on Friday night for a place in the European Championship's quarterfinals.

The Dutch romped past both 2006 World Cup finalists in Group C, beating Italy 3-0 before outclassing the French. Substitute Arjen Robben set up one goal and scored another. Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuyt and Wesley Sneijder also scored, while Thierry Henry got his record 45th goal for France.