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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: Top 5 performers in the Round of 16

ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Published Mar 15, 2019
Mar 15, 2019 IST

#3 Dusan Tadic

Sheer brilliance from Tadic. To go to the Bernabeu and shut the crowd and players down is never an easy job and he did it perfectly.
Sheer brilliance from Tadic. To go to the Bernabeu and shut the crowd and players down is never an easy job and he did it perfectly.

13 time European Champions, the reigning and defending champions carrying a 2-1 lead into the second leg with two away goals. Ajax couldn't possibly win this by just playing by their philosophy or beautiful football. After all, fearlessness doesn't win you games, execution does. Ajax did just that with a core group of young players.

Leading the attack of the young players was a Serb national and Southampton reject, Dusan Tadic. How well did Tadic play against Real Madrid? Absolutely no fear going up against Varane and on top of it, a pain in the head for him.

Tadic started his goal involvement as early as 7 minutes on the clock. A clear run into the open space into the box and then a neat pass for Ziyech to finish things off. Then he came again, 10 minutes later, this time passed from outside the box to Neres who rounded Courtois and finished.

When his moment came, he swung a foot at the ball from outside the box as the ball flung past the helpless Thibaut Courtois. Everything, done and dusted within 90 minutes for the reigning champs.

90 minutes of frustration and helplessness for the Madrid defence with the Serb being a constant threat on the attack. A Serb who got two assists, a goal, and 5 key passes, at Madrid's very home.

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