BRIGHTON ACHIEVES HISTORIC FIRST EUROPEAN VICTORY AGAINST AJAX

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Brighton, a club known for its recent strides in English football, achieved a momentous milestone in European competition by securing their first win against the esteemed Ajax. 

This victory has rekindled their hopes of progressing to the Europa League knockout stages.

Brighton's journey into European football commenced with a home loss to AEK Athens in their Group B opener, followed by a hard-fought draw against Marseille. 

However, it was their encounter with the seasoned Ajax team that etched a historic moment at the Amex Stadium, with goals from Joao Pedro and Ansu Fati sealing their memorable triumph.

Manager Roberto de Zerbi expressed the significance of this victory, stating, "We have got the first victory in Europe for Brighton. It is a great day for our fans, our club, our owner, and we are very proud to give them this day."

Joao Pedro made his mark just before halftime, netting his fourth Europa League goal after seizing an opportunity created by Kaoru Mitoma's impressive strike, which was parried by Ajax goalkeeper Diant Ramaj.

Brighton's fortunes soared in the second half as they executed a well-crafted second goal. Simon Adingra delivered an exceptional pass to Ansu Fati, who displayed exquisite control within the box before finding the back of the net.

Despite a moment when Steven Berghuis struck the post for Ajax, it was one of the few opportunities the visitors managed to create. Brighton expertly maintained their advantage to secure a comfortable victory.

This remarkable achievement signifies the progress Brighton has made in recent years. In the 1994-95 season, as Ajax was claiming their fourth European Cup, Brighton was competing in the third tier of English football. The clash with Ajax, even in a challenging phase of the Dutch club's history, underscores Brighton's remarkable journey.

Brighton supporters filled the stadium, contributing to an electrifying atmosphere that celebrated this significant milestone in the club's history.

The game's early stages saw Ajax adopt a defensive approach to thwart their opponents, but Brighton's persistence eventually paid off. Kaoru Mitoma's brilliance paved the way for Joao Pedro's pivotal strike that broke the deadlock.

As the match progressed, Brighton grew in confidence, and Ansu Fati's exceptional goal in the second half allowed fans to savor this historic moment.

Manager Roberto de Zerbi summed up the night, saying, "We played a great game, we played very well. We deserved to win, maybe with more goals, but the most important news is that we didn't concede a goal."

Brighton's victory against Ajax will undoubtedly be a cherished memory for the club and its passionate supporters. It serves as a testament to their growing prominence in European football and their determination to leave a mark on the international stage.

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