Rensenbrink headed another clear-cut chance over the bar in the second half,
then had another shot saved by Quiroga after substitute Rep had crossed from the right
and Neeskens had headed down to set up the chance.
Regretfully, this was to be Neeskens's last contribution to the game,
and he was replaced by the increasingly famous Dick Nanninga.
Rensenbrink exchanged passes with Haan, and again was thwarted by Quiroga,
then Nanninga challenged for a towering left wing cross, and seemed to get to the ball first,
but the Peruvian keeper collapsed in a heap on the ground,
and it took a long time for the referee to restart the game.
All in all, it seemed like much ado about nothing.
A contest between, say, the Peruvian team of 1970 and Holland of 1974 would
have been one to remember, but
all reports confirm that this match was indeed a dull stalemate,
both sides happy to play out a timid draw,
and rely on getting a result in their final respective group games.
With Peru facing Iran in their last game, their conservative approach was justifiable
if not exactly laudable,
but, in Holland's case, with Scotland the third course on their menu,
it was to turn out to be rather a short-sighted policy.