The second half was played in rather cooler conditions,
but the pattern of the game changed little.
Forlán was yellow carded for a whack at Krol, following a succession
of nasty fouls as Uruguay tried to fight their way back the only way they knew;
this was followed by an over the top challenge on Van Hanegem.
Cruyff fed the ball to Neeskens in the penalty area, and his low cross towards Rep
was almost bundled into his own net by Forlán, Mazurkiewicz just getting down to save.
A move involving Suurbier and Jansen led to another shot over the bar, from Neeskens.
There was one moment of pure comedy as the Dutch defence pushed out en masse
for offside, and Rocha was tackled by almost the entire Dutch team.
Jansen put Cruyff through on the left wing: again the excellent Mazurkiewicz denied him.
Uruguay, feeling that just maybe it was to be their lucky day,
replaced Cubilla with Denis Millar, another forward, but were soon to allow their slim chance
of saving the game to slip away through their own indiscipline.
The captain, Juan Masnik, was cautioned for fouling Neeskens and "accidentally" stepping
on the prone Dutchman as he walked away, an isolated moment of nastiness
from the man who had held the defence together for much of the contest.
Then the midfield strongman Montero-Castillo was sent off
for putting his studs into Rensenbrink's foot after the ball had gone,
by no means the worst foul of the day, but one too many for a referee who had given the
game every chance.
Yet still Holland couldn't make the game safe,
while Michels, a coach never afraid to change a team when the need arose,
resisted the temptation to bring on either of the two strikers he had on the bench,
Keizer and Geels.
Rep crossed from the right, Van Hanegem and Neeskens set up Rensenbrink,
but another effort went over the bar.
Cruyff executed one of his trademark "turns" on Baudilio Jaregui, and ran at the defence,
but Suurbier's shot was saved.
Suurbier in turn crossed for Cruyff, but he fouled a defender, and missed the goals anyway.
Krol lobbed the ball through for Cruyff, who this time was penalised for
a dangerously high foot as he tried to bring the ball down,
and was knocked to the ground by Mazurkiewicz for his trouble.
A Dutch free-kick on the right led to Jansen hitting the post,
and Rensenbrink narrowly failing to connect effectively with the rebound,
Cruyff following in on the goalkeeper for good measure.
With only a few minutes left, Holland finally scored the crucial second goal,
and it was a goal which epitomised the way the Dutch played.
Rep, in his own half, intercepted a throw-out from the goalkeeper,
passed it tidily to Suurbier and strolled forward.
The ball found its way to Van Hanegem and then out to Rensenbrink on the left wing.
A couple of twists and turns, and then it went back inside, to Rep,
who had found his way unmarked into the heart of the Uruguayan defence,
and the sidefooted finish was simplicity itself.
Holland might have scored more even then.
Neeskens crossed from the right and Cruyff flicked the ball on,
but the angle was too acute.
Cruyff set off an a solo run from very deep, but the final backheeled pass to Rep
was perhaps misjudged, or maybe Rep was back on his heels.
Finally, Neeskens was presented with a chance, but could muster no power in his shot,
and the game ended 2-0.