De Jong was a helpless spectator in Cape Town, having been ruled out of Holland's World Cup semi-final with Uruguay through suspension.
Thankfully for the Blues star, the Dutch emerged triumphant thanks to second-half goals from Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben, and he can now look forward to the game of his life at Soccer City on Sunday.
But the chances are, no matter how the contest works out, De Jong will not expend as much energy as he did last night.
"That was the hardest game I have ever been involved in," said De Jong. "I am more tired than all the other guys in the dressing room put together.
"I was so nervous. I was missing the semi-final of the World Cup because I had picked up two yellow cards.
"It just made it a very stressful night.
"But the guys did a terrific job. They made it possible for me to play in a World Cup final."