Germany inflicted more Euro 2012 pain and misery on Holland last night in Kharkiv as they beat their bitter rivals 2-1 to leave them just a point away from qualification and the Dutch with their fate out of their own hands.
Two first-half strikes from Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, who has seen his odds on being the tournament’s top scorer drop from 6/1 to 6/5 as a result, gave the Germans a deserved lead.
Robin van Persie’s excellent second-half goal gave the Oranje fans hope, but their team could not find an equaliser.
After the earlier defeat to Denmark, Bert van Marwijk’s side find themselves bottom of Group B without a point and in need of other results going their way in the final round of games.
For all the doom and gloom surrounding the Dutch, remarkably, given their two defeats, they still have a realistic chance of stealing second position and progressing to the knockout stages, as predicted before the tournament.
A victory over Portugal coinciding with Denmark losing at the hands of group leaders Germany could see the Dutch take second place on goal difference.
Unsurprisingly, bwin has bumped up the odds on Holland going all the way and lifting the trophy in Kiev to 25/1, having been 14/1 before last night’s match.
With their continuation in the tournament in such a perilous state, however, a more realistic option for those new customers using their free £20 bet – which is available upon registering with bwin – would be on the Dutch qualifying from the group.
Before last night’s game, Van Marwijk’s men were 47/20 to qualify from the group, but with their points tally remaining at zero after two games, those odds have now lengthened considerably to 11/2.
Considering that the scenario they need to qualify is hardly beyond the realms of possibility, backing them at 11/2 with that £20 stake would return £130 if successful.
With most of the odds on Holland lengthening overnight they have been pushed down to being rank outsiders in most markets, but Van Persie has remained fourth favourite to finish the tournament as the leading goalscorer.
He was priced at 18/1 before the game and although that has extended to 22/1, the Arsenal maestro remains one of the main contenders.
Van Persie’s chances of finishing top of the scoring charts depend heavily on the Dutch team’s result in their final game against Portugal on Sunday.
And in a roundabout way, the team’s chances of progression depend arguably even more heavily on Van Persie being far more clinical in front of goal than he has been in the first two games.
New customers can register here to claim a free £20 bet or click here to see all our Euro 2012 odds.
Follow us on Twitter @bwinbetting