‘He’s taking lives out there!’ Internet drools at Tadic magic as Ajax stun Real
Ajax midfielder Dusan Tadic left the internet in awe with some exquisite skills as he provided two assists and added a goal to help his team stun Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg in Amsterdam, Ajax raced into a 2-0 lead on the night at the Bernabeu after just 17 minutes.
Serbian midfielder Tadic was the provider on both occasions, first setting up Hakim Ziyech for the opener on seven minutes before pulling off a moment of sublime skill 10 minutes later to set up David Neres.
For the second goal, Tadic deployed the 'roulette' turn so often used by Real legend Zinedine Zidane.
This time Real were very much on the receiving end as Tadic rolled midfielder Casemiro before playing in Neres - who finished coolly to put his team 3-2 up on aggregate and place a major shock on the cards.
The Tadic magic had the internet drooling.
Dusan Tadic’s assist 🔥David Neres’s finish 👌Ajax 2-0 up on the night and 3-2 up on aggregate 😱 pic.twitter.com/W3hXN6O8WJ— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 5, 2019
Tadic is taking lives out here... pic.twitter.com/CcLJieFl20— ol (@oliqpr) March 5, 2019
DUSAN TADIC STOP THAT 😭🔥They have families! 😅pic.twitter.com/H261niNg0P— Mozo Football (@MozoSports) March 5, 2019
Tadic pulling strings on the biggest stage. pic.twitter.com/eMStVMbuNu— 🔌 (@A2Dubie) March 5, 2019
Some wondered whether it was the same Tadic who had been at English Premier League strugglers Southampton only last season.
3/3/18: Southampton 0-0 Stoke5/3/19: Real Madrid 0-2 AjaxFrom battling relegation to tearing apart the Bernabeu.Dusan Tadic that is obscene! 😱 pic.twitter.com/OuDUCIiCPZ— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 5, 2019
Absolutely filthy from Tadic. Was he this good at Southampton 🤣🤣👍 https://t.co/ElSHR4JKGx— Kevin Barnes (@KevinBarnes7) March 5, 2019
Incredibly, it also put the 30-year-old Serb top of the Champions League combined goals-plus-assist charts for this season.
2 – Dusan Tadic is the first @AFCAjax player to provide two assists in a Champions League match since Christian Eriksen (against Dinamo Zagreb in November 2011). Star. pic.twitter.com/ft4hCBQAZL— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) March 5, 2019
8 - No player has been directly involved in more goals than Dusan Tadic in the Champions League this season (5 goals, 3 assists). Mileage.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 5, 2019
It left the home Bernabeu crowd booing their team heading into half-time, as they looked increasingly like bowing out of a competition they have won for the past three seasons.
But worse was to come for Real when the on-fire Tadic curled home a stunning strike 15 minutes into the second half.
While Marco Asensio pulled one back for the hosts, Ajax's Lasse Schone scored two minutes later to seal the tie 5-3 on aggregate.
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