Against Peru Happel started with different tactic – 4-3-3 – and different players. Jongbloed; Suurbier and Poortvliet full back, and Krol – Rijsbergen central defenders; Neeskens, Jansen, and Willy van de Kerkhof in midfield; Rene van de Kerkhof, Haan, and Rensenbrink strikers. During the game Rensenbrink moved slightly back, attempting again playmaking role, and Will van de Kerkhof played more like left winger, with Haan as centre-forward. Holland, facing enthisiastic and well prepared Peruvian squad, again did not play well.
Since nothing was decided between the last match, Holland looked better on paper than on the field. Scotland was the most dangerous opponent for the Dutch, traditionally having difficulties against British teams. Holland was in much better position – Scotland needed a win by at least 3 goals difference to eliminate Holland, almost impossible task. At least on theory – on the pitch Scotland suddenly came to life and delivered fantastic game. The Dutch mostly tried to fence off Scottish attacks. Happel was still trying to find a working team – Haan was out and Rep was back. The rest were those from the match with Peru – and they were not great again. Most difficult was to figure out the worst player and substitute him in time – the candidates were too many... Neeskens was substituted in the 10th minute – by Boskamp, another nearing the age of 30 player, who hardly ever played for Holland before. After half-time Rijsbergen was no longer on the pitch either.
At first it was so bad – Rensenbrink scored, again from a penalty, in the 34th minute. But the Scots equalized just before half-time. Right after the start of the second half they scored again – from a penalty – and increased their attacks. In the 68th minute a fantastic attack of Gemmill ended with another goal and the end of Holland was quite at hand. Rep, however, reduced the Scottish lead two minutes later. The match ended 3-2 for Scotland and Holland qualified for the next round.
1. Peru 2 1 0 7-2 5
2. Holland 1 1 1 5-3 3
3. Scotland 1 1 1 5-6 3
4. Iran 0 1 2 2-8 1