Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk produced a brilliant gesture to ref Ovidiu Hategan after Germany 2 – Holland 2

Van Dijk Virgil van Dijk during Liverpool 2 - Leicester 1

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk & referee Ovidiu Hategan

Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk showed his empathy and sensitivity at the end of Holland’s 2-2 draw away in Germany on Monday night.

After the game, the Reds defender hugged Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan.

It goes without saying that footballer rarely embrace match officials after the match. Usually a handshake suffices.

But this occasion was different, as referee Ovidiu Hategan had tears in his eyes.

Why? Because the official recently lost his mother.

After the match, Liverpool’s VVD talked about his interaction with the official:

He broke down and started crying, because his mother recently passed away.

I wished him strength and told him that he officiated well.

It’s a small thing, but I hope it helped.

Germany 2 – Holland 2

Liverpool’s Van Dijk was also the hero for Holland on the pitch.

The defender scored a late leveller as the Dutch rallied from 2-down against the Germans.

Showing the touch of an experienced striker, VVD volleyed home in the 90th minute.

Virgil van Dijk scores a volley for Holland vs Germany (1)

Virgil van Dijk scores a volley for Holland vs Germany (2)\

Holland’s fightback started in the 85th minute.

Quincy Promes found the back of the net with a terrific shot from the edge of the German box.

Quincy Promes scores for Holland vs Germany (1)

Quincy Promes scores for Holland vs Germany (2)

Germany had seemed in full control of the match in the first half.

The Germans broke the deadlock after just nine minutes through striker Timo Werner.

Man City winger Leroy Sane doubled Germany’s lead in the 20th minute.

Watch the goals

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