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Dusan Tadic managed to last the 90 minutes, despite collision with Taylor.

Dusan Tadic's family wanted to beat up Wales' Neil Taylor following collision

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While Wales' hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia were dealt a significant blow, following a late Serbia equaliser in a 1-1 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium, Neil Taylor could have faced further concerns post match.

It was a scrappy contest, on occasions, in which both Wales and Serbia went end to end. However, after Gareth Bale had put The Dragons ahead on the half hour mark, Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled with five minutes remaining.

But while the uproar from Serbia fans was fuelled by their crucial late equaliser, Dusan Tadic's family's emotions were getting the better of them for all the wrong reasons.

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Taylor collided with Southampton's Tadic during the match on Saturday, with the Welshman's boot accidentally catching the Serbian in the face - leaving him with a broken nose and blood pouring down his face and shirt.

Luckily the injury wasn't as bad as first feared and, after a spell on the sidelines to receive treatment, Tadic returned to the field to see out the rest of the match.

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But while the 27-year-old Southampton star was not too concerned by Taylor's challenge on him, his family took a completely different view of the Welshman's conduct.

As per the South Wales Evening Post, Tadic's father, Petar, revealed that his family were left horrified by the incident and that two members of the family were left so disgusted by Taylor's collision, that they wished to "beat up" the Wales left-back.

Unbearable

"It is hard to watch your child lying in a pool of blood," said Petar.

"(Mother) Marija was crying around the house, I could not calm down, eventually I had to have a Diazepan.

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"My grandsons Vasilije and Veljko responded like boys, saying that they wanted to go to Wales and to beat up Taylor."

However, luckily Tadic was not feeling the same emotions and Taylor shouldn't be too concerned when the Serbian visits the Liberty Stadium with Southampton at the end of January.

"The tackle on me was hard but the referee made his decision and I don't think we need to worry about it." said Tadic.

Fighting to be fit

But the Saints midfielder is likely to wear a face mask in Serbia's friendly against Ukraine on Tuesday evening, in a bid to ensure no further damaged is suffered to his broken nose - ahead of Southampton's Premier League meeting with league leaders Liverpool on Saturday.

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For Wales, though, they are now four points behind Group D leaders Republic of Ireland, after dropping two valuable points on Saturday and with only the team finishing top of the group automatically qualifying for the World Cup.

And Saturday's late heartbreak has set up a tasty encounter between Wales and the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on March 24, in which The Dragons will look to rectify their stuttering start the World Cup qualifying campaign.

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