Defeated semi-finalists Uruguay caused the Netherlands several problems in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final in Cape Town before the Oranje eventually recorded a 3-2 win to end the South Americans' dreams, leaving Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk proud of his players' achievements.
Although the Netherlands twice took the lead during the game, Van Marwijk was left unimpressed as the Dutch suffered a late scare when Maximiliano Pereira scored to make it 3-2 before Holland finally saw out the final stages of injury time.
"The first thing that springs to mind is that we've done it," Van Marwijk told NOS.
"It was our goal to win the World Cup when I was appointed as Holland coach and we're extremely close now. This is such an incredible feeling.
"I agree that our performance wasn't too special, but all that counts is that we've won the match. We made a good start to the game, but we lost the initiative after we scored the opener.
"We were back in control after the interval though. We created several chances to put the match to bed, but our finishing was sloppy and we became very tense in the end.
"It has been 32 years since the Netherlands last made it to the World Cup final. I have thought about the 1970s a lot lately. The lads have every reason to be proud of their performance."
The Netherlands will now take on either Germany or Spain in the World Cup final on Sunday at Soccer City, Johannesburg.