Chuba Akpom’s Brace Saves Ajax’s European Journey; UEFA Conference League Beckons

Chuba Akpom's Brace Saves Ajax's European Journey; UEFA Conference League Beckons

Chuba Akpom’s brace to the rescue, the Nigerian striker emerged as Ajax’s hero, securing a crucial brace in a thrilling 3-1 victory against AEK Athens, revitalising Ajax’s hopes in the Europa League’s final group stage showdown.

Chuba Akpom's Brace Saves Ajax's European Journey; UEFA Conference League Beckons

The encounter, hosted at the Johan Cruyff Arena, saw Akpom set the pace early on, netting a stunning header just four minutes into the game, marking Ajax’s quickest home goal since Luis Suarez’s feat in 2009, according to Opta, Footballrover reports.

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Though AEK Athens equalised through Levi Garcia’s goal in the 11th minute, Kenneth Taylor swiftly reestablished Ajax’s lead with a goal in the 20th minute.

The first half ended with Ajax holding a narrow 2-1 advantage. The second half intensified as both squads vied for supremacy.

In a crucial moment, Akpom showed his might again, capitalising on a precise pass from Arjany Martha, manoeuvring past defenders, and slotting a clinical shot past the AEK Athens goalkeeper in the 56th minute.

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Despite missed opportunities, Akpom’s brace sealed the 3-1 victory for Ajax, propelling them to the UEFA Europa Conference League.

Previously on the brink of European exit, Ajax’s resilience, coupled with Akpom’s stellar performance, secured a third-place finish in their group and a ticket to UEFA’s third-tier competition.

Akpom’s impactful performance not only salvaged Ajax’s European campaign but also affirmed his role as an important force in their journey.

As the Dutch giants set their sights on the UEFA Europa Conference League, Akpom’s heroics have obviously breathed new life into their aspirations for European glory.

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