Van Dijk's heroics continued after the match, though, when he approached the referee, Ovidiu Hategan.
Footage showed Van Dijk embracing a tearful Hategan and putting his hand on the back of his head.
The appointments earlier in 2018 of a new coach, Ronald Koeman, and captain, Virgil van Dijk have clearly rejuvenated the side.
"This is the reward for our hard work", central defender Van Dijk told reporters. I consoled him and told him he refereed well.
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Van Dijk then popped up in second-half stoppage time to volley home from close range for Netherlands' equaliser and the point they needed to reach the Nations League final. I wished him strength and said that he had officiated the game well.
Holland stayed resilient however, finding a way back into the contest and a glimmer of hope courtesy of Quincy Promes.
One thing is for sure: with everyone he's done over the last few days, the Dutch certainly have a captain they can be very proud of.
As the two sides lined up for the national anthems whilst donning their tracksuits, van Dijk gave his jacket to a young mascot who was cold in a superb gesture.
"But at half-time I said: if we make the 2-1, then we make the 2-2 too".
'But this kind of thing seems to be the story of our entire year'.