"I told him to stay strong and that he had refereed well".
However, their quick young frontline, nicknamed "the moped gang", looked promising and lived up to their tag as 22-year-olds Werner and Sane, plus Serge Gnabry, 23, frightened the Dutch defence with their speed, especially in the first half.
But Holland staged a stunning late comeback with goals from Quincy Promes and Van Dijk in the final six minutes sending Ronald Koeman's side through to the final four alongside England, Portugal and Switzerland.
Van Dijk took up a more advanced position as the minutes ran out and a picture of a note passed from the Netherlands' dugout has emerged following the draw. "It may be something small, but I hope it helped". I know I am.
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'And in the end it's fantastic that the equaliser came from the guy who was told on the note to push up front'.
It means of the four semi-finalists at the tournament in Russian Federation only one - England - have qualified for the Nations League knockouts next summer. We want to qualify for Euro 2020, that's the main target.
'We played a very good first half and should have scored a third in the second half to finish the game.
"But this kind of thing seems to be the story of our entire year".