Southampton playmaker Dušan Tadić was left with a bloodied nose as Serbia battled back to take a 1-1 draw against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday night.
Tadić who had directly contributed to his country’s last ten goals – scoring four and providing the assist for the other six, was not involved in the equaliser, but completed the full 90 minutes despite taking a boot to the face from Swansea’s Neil Taylor during a competitive first half of action.
Former Saint Gareth Bale put the hosts ahead with a well-taken goal on the half hour, and moments later Tadić left briefly left the action to receive treatment. He returned to play the entirety of the game, in which the visitors left it late to equalise when Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrović headed home with five minutes remaining.
That came moments after Bale had struck the post, with Serbia’s leveller ensuring that they remain in the top two of their 2018 World Cup qualification group, staying two points ahead of Wales.
Tadić and Serbia now travel to Ukraine for a friendly on Tuesday.