'I wished him strength and said that he had done well'.
Germany drew some much-needed comfort from an easy win over an injury-ravaged Russian Federation team on Thursday in which Leroy Sane scored his first goal for the national team.
Progress to next year's semi-finals of the inaugural UEFA event - where they will meet England, Switzerland or Portugal - will come as some solace for a nation that failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.
Liverpool defender Van Dijk volleyed home a cross in added time to complete the Dutch fight back after Quincy Promes had scored their first goal on 85 minutes. I think he plays so well every week for Liverpool.
Despite Germany's very bad showing at this summer's World Cup, few people expected them to be relegated from this group with a game left to play.
The Germans, who suffered a shock first-round exit at the World Cup in June and lost a German record six times this year, finished in last place with just two points after what has become a familiar lack of focus this year.
The result, which sees Germany demoted to League B for next season, cast a pall over legend Thomas Muller's 100th cap.
"We now want to say goodbye (to 2018) with a good performance and show the fans that we are on the right track to recovery", Loew told a news conference.
The draw for the Nations League Finals takes place in Dublin on December 3. Croatia as a top seed will avoid teams like France, Belgium, England and Spain.
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.