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‘Pretty close to perfection:' Ajax’s Tadic, Ten Haag react

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Ajax players celebrate after the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Ajax won 4-1. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)


Dusan Tadic is flying, both on the pitch and in spirit.

The Ajax star and former Southampton winger played the game of his life on Tuesday, setting up his side’s first two goals and scoring a third in a 4-1 defeat of Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Yeah, you read that correctly, and the win wasn’t some dead rubber; Ajax knocked the three-time defending UEFA Champions League winners from the competition by a 5-3 aggregate score line.

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Ajax boss Erik ten Haag called it, “pretty close to perfection,” and Tadic is not humbly treating it like just another fine performance in a 26-goal, 15-assist season.

“This is probably the best game of football I’ve ever played. We beat the best club in the world. I’m very proud and I think we made a lot of people happy. In football you just have to relax and enjoy your game.”

It will be Ajax’s first UCL quarterfinal since 2003, when it was bounced by AC Milan.

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