The second half was as gripping a game as I've ever seen.
Germany made chances against an increasingly frantic Dutch defence,
but couldn't wrap the game up with a third goal.
Holland settled gamely to their task of carving out another gap through the German defence,
which had seemed so easy in the first minute,
and still looked every minute as if a further breach were imminent,
but the scoreline stayed unchanged.
Substitute René van de Kerkhof generally operated down the left,
only occasionally persuading Rep to switch sides,
while Cruyff began to add his presence to the attack more regularly.
Suurbier hauled Overath down: it looked a bad foul, but the Dutch full-back
looked suitably contrite, and escaped a booking.
Bonhof found himself criminally unmarked at a corner,
the header drifting narrowly wide of the post with Jongbloed rooted to the spot.
Cruyff, chasing half a chance, dived in on Maier, and,
though he had clearly gone for a loose ball,
he was surrounded by protesting German defenders.
Hölzenbein found himself through one-on-one with Suurbier,
Jongbloed seizing the opportunity to make one of his celebrated
charges out of goal to clear the danger.
Maier fumbled a Dutch corner, Breitner being forced to head off the line.
Van Hanegem got in a dangerous downward header from a Cruyff free-kick,
which the grounded Maier was rather fortunate to save as the ball bounced up at him.
Grabowski beat Krol down the German right, and zipped the ball to Müller,
who found the net only to have play brought back for offside:
though the Germans did not protest at the time,
slow-motion replays after the game proved beyond any doubt that the linesman was wrong,
and this goal should have stood.
Van de Kerkhof crossed from the right wing, Cruyff headed back across the goal,
and Rep was challenged at the last moment.
The Dutch had clearly had a problem with Rijsbergen for some time,
and he now finally limped off.
His replacement was not Israël, as might have been predicted,
but De Jong, with Jansen dropping into the defence.
Neeskens intercepted a rare stray pass from Overath,
and his low cross forced Beckenbauer into a hurried header,
which narrowly missed his own goal.
Van de Kerkhof crossed from the left, Rep knocked the ball across the goal,
to find Neeskens virtually under the crossbar, but the chance was scrambled clear.
Another left wing move from Van de Kerkhof found Neeskens unmarked beyond the far post,
but the volley was into the side netting.
Van Hanegem won the ball and made a chance for De Jong,
who could only shoot disappointingly straight at the grateful Maier.
Suurbier crossed from the right, Cruyff knocked the ball down to give Van de Kerkhof
a clear sight of goal, which the substitute wasted, screwing his shot horribly wide.
A Dutch free-kick was headed out of defence into the path of Haan,
who drove over the bar.
There was a rare sighting of the now isolated Müller at the other end,
the referee spotting he had used a hand to beat Jansen.
Suurbier and Haan combined down the right to find Rep almost alone in the 6-yard box.
Maier made himself as big as he could,
but must have been relieved to see the ball hit the post.
An astonishing, head-high challenge by Vogts on a Dutch player was allowed to pass,
though the attack he set up soon petered out, amidst the barrage of protests.
Cruyff won the ball with a fearless two-footed lunge through the air,
and fed Rep, who outpaced Schwarzenbeck only to shoot across the goal.
Jongbloed kept the crowd at the other end entertained with a well-judged header
as Müller bore down on the now almost undefended Dutch goals.
Neeskens challenged Maier for a deep cross,
and the German keeper kept everybody waiting a long time before getting back to his feet
and allowing play to resume:
strangely, whenever a Dutch player was injured,
he was told to get off the field quickly for treatment,
yet the Germans seemed able to persuade the referee to hold play up indefinitely
while their ailments were diagnosed.
Jongbloed again came into the fray, to deny Hoeness,
then Hölzenbein cut in from the German left and was tackled by Jansen.
A penalty? The Germans have always claimed it should have been:
I'd say the case was stronger than for the one which had been given.
The last action of the game saw Neeskens flash yet another effort past the beaten Maier,
but again past the post as well.