Second-half goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie ended Romania's hopes of a quarter-final place in Berne as the Netherlands rounded off an impressive Group C campaign with a third successive victory.
Group C - Matchday 3
NETHERLANDS 2-0 ROMANIA
Stade de Suisse, Berne
Goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Robin van Persie ended Romania's hopes of making the Euro 2008 quarter-finals. Italy's win over France meant that the Romanians had to beat the Dutch to progress, but they rarely threatened goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. Huntelaar opened the scoring in the second half when he slotted in Ibrahim Afellay's low cross from the right. And Van Persie secured table-toppers Netherlands, who made nine changes to the starting lineup, their third win from three when he smashed in from close range.
The Dutch will now play either Russia or Sweden in the last eight and following their first three performances Marco van Basten's team will fancy their chances against any side.
Netherlands: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz (Melchiot 58), Heitinga, Bouma, De Cler, De Zeeuw, Engelaar, Afellay, Van Persie, Robben (Kuyt 62), Huntelaar (Vennegoor of Hesselink 82).
Romania: Lobont, Contra, Tamas, Ghionea, Rat, Cocis, Codrea (Dica 72), Chivu, Nicolita (Petre 82), Marius Niculae (Daniel Niculae 59), Mutu.
[Euro 2008 Group C]