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Dino apologized to Vira saying that he just missed her.
I would use the past perfect there too, and I would say the sentence is much, much better with the comma.
(American through and through.)
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thanks too much for all the responses.