After the Netherlands’ 1-1 draw with Norway, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was irritated when a fan tried to gatecrash his interview, barging the intruder to one side to continue his answer.
In the World Cup qualifying match, Van Dijk faced off against Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, two of the game’s titans. Midway through the first half, Haaland got the better of the towering centre-back, capitalizing on some sloppy defence to give Norway an early lead.
But the hosts couldn’t hold on to their lead, and former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen equalized 16 minutes later to ensure a draw.
As a result, both the Netherlands and Norway missed out on the chance to overtake Turkey, who drew 2-2 with Montenegro in Group G. Van Dijk was in the heart of the action throughout the evening, playing his fourth competitive game since returning from a long-term injury layoff.
In stomach-churning sights shortly after half-time, the towering centre-half seemed to have a dislocated finger put back into place.
Van Dijk was interviewed after the match
With such a miserable night behind him, it’s no wonder that Van Dijk had little patience for an overly enthusiastic supporter who made his way onto the ground and gate-crashed his post-match TV interview.
The 30-year-old gave the phone-holding selfie-taker one look before pushing him away with one hand, clearly dissatisfied.
Van Dijk and the Netherlands will face Montenegro in Eindhoven’s Philips Stadion this weekend in the hopes of getting back on track.
Both teams are tied for first place in Group G with seven points, therefore this match might determine who qualifies for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Meanwhile, Norway will be expected to improve their own qualification chances when they travel to Riga to face Latvia, which is now in second place.