Hosts Germany won both their opening pool matches by huge margins at the Men's EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship in Berlin, and are certain to be involved in tomorrow's semi-finals at the Horst-Korber Sportzentrum.
The home nation, who took bronze at the last edition of this Championship in 2018, delivered an extraordinary 12-1 win over the 2018 silver medallists Belgium, who only lost that final to Austria on penalties.
Germany followed up with a similarly emphatic 12-2 win over the Czech Republic and now top Pool B on goal difference from The Netherlands.
The Dutch, who were not involved in the 2018 finals, beat the Czech Republic 6-2 and then earned a 7-4 win over Belgium.
In Pool A, the defending champions are clear at the top having beaten Russia and Poland by the same scoreline, 5-3.
Russia are second thanks to a 5-3 win over Ukraine, while in the other opening match Poland beat Ukraine 5-4.
The final pool matches are due to be played on Saturday morning, with semi-finals later in the day.