The second half continued in much the same vein as the first,
Holland well in command but always on the lookout for a clinching second goal.
Unusually, the Dutch team kept pretty much constant positions throughout this game
(somewhat in contrast to the Germans, as already mentioned),
as they closed the game down as effectively as they could without
ever ceasing to be a threat themselves.
Rensenbrink evaded a series of tackles and sent the ball towards Jansen,
only for the defence to intercept just in time.
There was always time for some slapstick defending with this Holland team,
and Jongbloed's cavalry charge from his goal to chase Hoffmann down the Dutch left wing
provided this game's best entertainment. The goalkeeper's challenge was so late that,
if it had made contact, he might just as well have carried on running down the tunnel.
Inevitably, Hoffmann knocked the ball out of play himself anyway,
but Jongbloed's attempts at punching the slippery ball at corners
continued to divert the crowd. He got something on the ball every time,
even if it didn't always go exactly where he intended.
East Germany brought on substitute Peter Ducke for Wolfram Löwe,
to try and make something happen up front, but it never really seemed they could save a point.
Cruyff, winning the ball inside his own half,
and Jansen carved out a chance for Rep, but the ball was drilled against the side netting.
That the game ended, almost uniquely in the 1974 World Cup,
without a single caution was a great credit to two sporting teams
and a fine referee who made generous allowance for the conditions.
However, following a mix-up in the German defence,
Lothar Kurbjuweit fouled Rep crudely, painfully, late and from behind
down the Dutch right and escaped admonishment,
and it did seem the referee had taken discretion a little too far.
Hard though the East Germans had fought,
a second goal for Holland was no more than they deserved,
and it was particularly apt that one of this day's most effective players,
the unselfish Rob Rensenbrink, was the one to score it.
Krol played the ball through to Neeskens in the penalty area, then Rep took over,
holding the play up and laying the ball perfectly into the path of Rensenbrink
for the Dutch striker to sidefoot home what was to be his only goal of the competition.
The Germans, who now surely sensed their World Cup was over,
brought on Hans-Jürgen Kreische for one last attempt at regaining the initiative,
but really it was exhibition football from here on in.
The referee awarded an indirect free-kick against the increasingly scatty Jongbloed,
possibly for taking more than four steps, possibly for wasting time,
possibly just to liven the game up a bit,
but Holland seemed to have about twelve defenders by now,
and charged the kick down unceremoniously.
Neeskens exchanged passes with Suurbier and bludgeoned his way to the by-line,
his clever cut-back being spotted just in time.
Finally, Cruyff was dropped by Weise on the edge of the penalty area,
and Van Hanegem,
strangely destined not to score in this World Cup with one of his many excellent free-kicks,
was just a foot away from the top left hand corner.