(CNN)Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has been praised for his display of compassion to grieving referee Ovidiu Hategan in the aftermath of his last-gasp equalizer against Germany.
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk consoles grieving referee
The Romanian official's mother had recently passed away but the 38-year-old decided to still take charge of the crucial Nations League clash.
"That man broke down, stood with tears in his eyes because he had just lost his mother," Van Dijk said after the match.
"I wished him strength and said he had refereed well. It's a small thing, but I hope it helped him."
Hategan, who has refereed in this season's Champions Legue, was visibly moved following the full time whistle, wiping away tears after speaking with Van Dijk.
The Netherlands booked its place in the Nations League final four with a sensational, come-from-behind 2-2 draw with Germany on Monday night, rounding out the list of finalists for the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Holland will join host Portugal, World Cup semifinalist England and Switzerland in the four-team mini-tournament next June, after an injury-time volley from Virgil van Dijk evened the score at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
The Dutch trailed against