Mario Gomez gave the Netherlands a lesson in finishing as Germany won 2-1 to leave the Netherlands on the brink of an early exit from Euro 2012.
The Bayern Munich striker turned sharply and slotted home Bastian Schweinsteiger's pass in the 24th minute before lashing in a brilliant second goal on the angle in the 38th minute to give the Germans a 2-0 halftime lead.
Robin van Persie gave the Netherlands hope with a fine strike, but Germany held on to all but cement their place in the quarter-finals.
While the Germans just need a point from their last game to reach the last eight, the Dutch face a monumental task.
Holland must beat Portugal on Sunday, hope Germany beat Denmark, and ensure they finish with a better goal difference than Portugal and the Danes.
See short video highlights of Netherlands v Germany from UEFA.com
Netherlands 1 (van Persie 73)
Germany 2 (Gomez 24, 38)