World Cup Soccer -- and defending champions West Germany drew tow-two with Holland in Cordoba on Sunday (18 June).
World Cup Soccer -- and defending champions West Germany drew tow-two with Holland in Cordoba on Sunday (18 June). The match-a re-run of the 1974 final which the Germans won two-one-produced open, attacking football, and some controversy when the Dutch substitute Dick Nanninga was sent off in the closing stages.
SYNOPSIS: It was West Germany, who so far have failed to produce the form that won them the title four years ago, who opened the scoring. Rainer Bonhof's second minute free kick was well struck, and Abramczic headed in the rebound.
After that early set-back, Holland pushed men forward looking for the equaliser. But their shooting was off target. Robbie Rensenbrink's header nearly found the net from a corner but Germany's veteran goal keeper Maier kept the ball out and launched a counter attack.
In the 26th minute the Dutch drew level. Arie Hann picked up the ball deep in the German half, and thundered in a powerful shot from 30 yards (27.4m).
Half-way through the second half, West Germany again took the lead. Again the goal came from a free kick. Holzenbein took it quickly, and Erich Beer on the far side crossed for Dieter Muller to score with a well placed header.
The Dutch, having had more possession were unlucky to be behind. And three minutes after Germany's goal they almost equalised. It was Johnny Rep's shot which struck the cross bar.
Holland continued to push forward and were rewarded with a goal six minutes from time. Rene van der Kerkof slipped past two defenders, and calmly clipped the ball past the lunging Russman into the net.
The full flowing game ended in drama in the closing stages, when the Dutch sub-substitute Dick Nanninga was ordered off by the Uruguayan referee. Despite being down to ten men, Holland held out and earned a point.