Ajax hosted Brighton in the fourth matchday of the 2023/24 Europa League on Thursday. Last time out in this competition, Brighton defeated defeated Ajax, 2-0. That put Ajax on the brink of elimination in the Europa League.

Brighton repeated that scoreline on Thursday with goals from Ansu Fati and Simon Idingra either side of halftime. Despite a pair of Ajax wins in the Eredivisie to get its season back on track, Brighton was too clinical in front of the net. The result sends the English side to the top of Group B in the Europa League. Meanwhile, Ajax retains its spot at the bottom of the group.

The group makeup could still change, however, AEK Athens has a game against Marseille. The latter entered matchday four with the group lead. For now, Brighton’s double over Ajax puts the Seagulls on seven points.

Fati and Idingra score to give Brighton all three points over Ajax

In terms of statistics, the game was fairly even. Both sides had a total of eight shots, and three of those were on target. However, Brighton converted both of its major chances. Ansu Fati scored in the first half, making it two goals in two games against Ajax. Then, in the second half, Simon Idingra, who assisted Fati’s first-half goal, turned into a scorer with a sublime finish into the Ajax net. Interestingly, Fati picked up the assist on Idingra’s goal.

Ajax’s best chance came when the Dutch outfit trailed by two. Brian Brobbey hit both posts with one shot, but the ball managed to stay out. Chuba Akpom, who has found new form under new Ajax manager John van’t Schip, had a real opportunity. Yet, he shot the ball directly at Brighton goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen.

You can see how all the moments transpired throughout the game from the live updates below.

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