The second period began with a flourish from Sweden,
Ejderstedt shooting low and hard from the right after a corner,
and Jongbloed having to get his jersey dirty.
Cruyff, free on the left again, made a chance for Krol,
whose shot flashed across the goal,
and Suurbier's deep ball to Krol was knocked back for Rep to drill what would have
been an unstoppable shot from distance: it went high and wide.
Neeskens ran through and set up Cruyff, but the shot was straight at Hellström.
Next, Cruyff was crudely taken out by Bo Larsson on the edge of the box,
and Van Hanegem's resultant free-kick was blazed over the bar.
A thrilling move involving more or less the entire Dutch team broke down when
Keizer was bizarrely adjudged to have committed a foul just outside the penalty area.
Another right-wing move by Cruyff resulted in a fine downward header from
Van Hanegem, but the ball was cleared off the Swedish line with the goalkeeper beaten.
At this point, Sweden replaced the anonymous Steffan Tapper with Orjan Persson,
a far stronger player defensively, as they appeared to have decided to settle for the draw.
Rep's run down the right led to a chance for Keizer, but the wild swing he produced
was just about the worst effort of the entire World Cup, going out for a throw-in
further from goals than from where Rep had passed to him!
Of course, the game was not without its moments of humour,
and a through ball to an unmarked Edström was blown for offside,
but the Swedish striker pretended not to hear the whistle,
and dribbled around the Dutch penalty area
with Jongbloed (who, it appeared, had genuinely not heard the referee blow)
in diligent pursuit, snapping at his ankles all the way.
The action at the Swedish end was far more serious,
Hellström saving bravely at Van Hanegem's feet and
Van Hanegem sending Rep through, to be denied by a combination of Persson and Hellström.
Persson was soon to be cautioned, however,
for a combine harvester of a foul on Van Hanegem,
Krol's free-kick sailing majestically past the post.
Rep then found himself in trouble with the referee,
cautioned for pulling down Björn Andersson as the left-back ran past him.
It seemed at first glance a very harsh booking, though Rep's innocent looks sometimes belied
a mean streak to compare with many defenders in the competition,
and this referee made few mistakes.
Holland brought on Theo de Jong for Van Hanegem, who must have been looking tired,
as he was probably Holland's most influential player in this game.
Although Rijsbergen was still troubled by Edström,
Michels resisted the temptation to replace him with Israël,
a more orthodox central defender, back on the substitutes' bench this evening.
Sweden in turn brought on Roland Grip for the struggling Olsson.
Andersson, clearly well put out by Rep's foul on him,
was cautioned for dumping a Dutch player into the advert hoardings:
again, though, Hellström dealt with the free-kick cleanly,
and the contest appeared to be petering out into a dignified but disappointing stalemate.
Sweden had a few moments of inspiration towards the end,
Edström heading a long free-kick down to Grahn and he knocking on to Sandberg,
but poor control gave the Dutch defence a chance to scramble the ball away,
even if the clearances were a bit undignified.
Another long free-kick found Edström on the loose, Suurbier hacking the ball off the line.
Grahn became the final entry in the referee's notebook,
mercilessly chopping Neeskens as he ran down the left wing.
Cruyff, increasingly taking out his frustrations on the referee,
complained long and loud when he was denied a penalty on being bundled over in the box,
yet the referee was right again: it was in fact Keizer who had "fouled" him!
The Dutch had a succession of shots charged down in the last few minutes,
but, in all honesty, their attack had been relatively dysfunctional,
even though it comprised the Ajax front three who had won the European Cup a year ago.
The press reports of this period were unanimous that the team needed to score more goals
if they were to become serious contenders, and it's hard to dispute this analysis.
If Holland's overall play had been far stronger,
Sweden had perhaps found themselves with marginally the better chances to win the game,
so a draw was just about a fair result.
Needing a result against Uruguay to progress, Sweden duly overwhelmed the
South Americans, and went on to give West Germany a bit of a surprise in the second phase,
further underlining just how good a team they were in 1974.