After surprise start, Dusan Tadic stars for Ajax in CL

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Dusan Tadic scored one goal and set up another to lead Ajax to a 2-1 win over FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday, a day after being seemingly ruled out of the game by his coach after a positive test for the coronavirus.

Tadic was one of a raft of senior players — including goalkeeper André Onana and midfielders Davy Klaassen and Ryan Gravenberch — not included in a reduced 17-man group that travelled to central Denmark on Monday because of the positive tests. They did travel in a separate party that evening, though, and were allowed to play after supplying a negative test ahead of the match.

Tadic set up a goal for Antony after just 50 seconds with a neat touch and pass, then scored himself off an indirect free kick from the edge of the six-yard box in the 12th after Midtjylland goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen picked up a back-pass.

Anders Dreyer pulled a goal back for the Danish champions in the 18th minute, cutting inside from the right and curling left-footed past Onana from just inside the penalty area.

Klaassen came off the bench for the second half to help Ajax close out its first win after three games in Group D.

Ajax moved into second place, above Atalanta on goal difference. They are five points behind Liverpool and appear to be in a two-way fight to join the English champions in the round of 16, with Midtjylland having lost all three of its games on its debut in the group stage.

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