Brighton & Hove Albion (England), who are playing in their first ever European competition, have boosted their chances of reaching the round of 16.
The Seagulls defeated Ajax (Netherlands) 2-0 in the fourth leg of their UEFA Europa League (UEL) Group B match of the 2023-24 season at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Tuesday.
At the same time, Marseille (France) defeated AEK Athens (Greece) 2-0. Marseille is in first place in Group 8 with two wins, two draws, and eight points. Brighton improved their chances of qualifying for the round of 16 playoffs (PO) with two wins, one draw, and seven points.
Under Robert De Jervi, Brighton qualified for their first European competition since the club’s inception. They lost their first Europa League game to Athens, but drew with Marseille and won both games against Ajax to finish second in their group.
In their fourth group game, Brighton took an early lead through Ansu Pati. Fifteen minutes into the first half, Fatih found the back of the net with a low shot.
In the second half, Simone Adingra scored the game-winner. Adinga, who assisted on Pati’s goal in the first half, took a pass from Pati on the counterattack eight minutes into the second half and found the top corner of the net. Brighton have now won both of their meetings with Ajax and are second in the group with two wins, one draw and one loss.
At the same time, Liverpool (England) lost 2-3 to Toulouse (France) in their Europa League Group E match in Toulouse, France. It was their first loss in the Europa League this season.
Liverpool remains atop the group with three wins, one loss, and nine points. Toulouse moved into second place in the group with two wins, one draw, and seven points. Bottom of the group, LASK (Austria) recorded their first Europa League win with a 3-0 victory over Gwynion Saint-Gilles (Belgium).
The Reds, who started 17-year-old striker Ben Dock, along with reserves Endo and Jarel Kwansa, conceded an early goal in the 36th minute. They conceded a second in the 13th minute of the second half. An own goal pulled them within one, but they conceded a third within two minutes. Giogu Jota scored a late consolation goal, but Liverpool fell to 2-3 and suffered their first Europa League loss of the season. 캡틴토토 주소