Van Dijk consoles grieving ref with 'tears in his eyes'

Germany coach Joachim Loew looking to rebuild after 2018 collapse

Image Credits Twitter/@DFB_Team_EN

Van Dijk is set to captain his country in their crunch Nations League clash against Germany on Monday, knowing a draw will be enough for the resurgent Oranje to top Group A1.

However, instead of immediately celebrating with his team-mates at full-time, the Reds defender immediately approached Hategan, who was wiping away his tears and offered him a warm embrace.

Speaking after the game, Van Dijk told Voetbal International that he was consoling the official as he was grief stricken due to the recent death of his mother. "He broke down with tears in his eyes".

I wished him strength and said that he had [reffed] well. "It may be something small, but I hope it helped".

Progress to next year's semi-finals of the inaugural UEFA event - where they will meet England, Switzerland or Portugal - will come as some solace for a nation that failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

Virgil van Dijk struck a superb close-range volley in stoppage time to equalise for the visitors after Quincy Promes had cut the deficit in the 85th minute with the Germans having led through early goals from Timo Werner and Leroy Sane.

The Netherlands have rebuilt under Ronald Koeman and are starting to display some of swagger for which the men in orange have been renowned down the years.

The Germans, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the World Cup in June and lost a German record six times this year, finished in last place with just two points after what has become a familiar lack of focus this year.

Latest News