Germany gave the Dutch a lesson in clinical football with midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and on-song striker Mario Gomez at the heart of their second victory in two matches in Group B.
Gomez took his Euro 2012 goal tally to three on a night the three-times European champions were superior all over the pitch.
The influential Schweinsteiger was at the root of the first after his delightful through ball was met by the free scoring Gomez who smoothly fired home for the lead after 24 minutes.
Just 14 minutes later the pair were at it again.
After some nice movement on the right flank Schweinsteiger slipped the ball through to Gomez on the edge of the box. With the Dutch caught on the back foot Gomez had enough time to steady himself and blast his shot across Maarten Stekelenburg to double the lead.
Robin Van Persie pulled one back for the Netherlands with a majestic long range strike on 73 minutes but Germany had already done the damage and now move to within a point of the quarters.
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