To preserve their chances of making it to the Europa League playoffs, Brighton defeated Ajax in a historic first-ever European football victory.
After losing their first Group B match at home against AEK Athens, the Seagulls drew at Marseilles, savouring their first taste of this level of football. However, they had an unforgettable evening at Amex Stadium when goals from Ansu Fati and Joao Pedro gave them the win over European powerhouse Ajax.
Just before the half, Ajax’s goalie Diant Ramaj parried a beautiful effort from Kaoru Mitoma, allowing Pedro to score his fourth goal in the Europa League.
After halftime, Brighton added a second goal with clever play from Simon Adingra that required two touches inside the box before Fati converted into the corner of the net. After hitting the crossbar for Ajax, Steven Berghuis warned Brighton not to let their guard down, but the Seagulls finished with a commanding lead.
After Brighton worked their way through the densely crowded defence, Pedro finished with a goal. After that, the home team gained confidence, and Fati’s excellent goal in the second half made it possible for Brighton supporters to celebrate this historic occasion with assurance.
For Brighton supporters, these are priceless moments. Fans flocked to the stadium on Thursday for what was unquestionably the hottest ticket in town, as the Seagulls’ recent success is highlighted by their encounter with such outstanding opponents, although at a challenging point in their history.
Ajax, who are now second from bottom in the Dutch Eredivisie following their worst-ever season-opening performance, played deep to annoy their opponents.