Nathan Ake dedicated his opener in their 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig to his father who passed away shortly after his goal.
scored the opener with a powerful header in the 16th minute of the game against RB Leipzig. It was his first Champions League goal and his second for the club overall.
His father passed away shortly after his goal and he dedicated it to his father in an emotional Instagram post.
"The past few weeks have been the toughest of my life, my dad has been very ill and there was no more treatment possible. I was lucky to have a lot of support from my fiance, family, and friends.
"Yesterday after a difficult time I scored my first Champions League goal, and only a few minutes after he passed away peacefully with my mum and brother by his side.
"Maybe it was meant to be, watching me play always made him proud and happy. I know you're always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you dad."
Ake had been an unused substitute for Netherland’s draw against Norway and their win against Montenegro. He then left the squad because of private circumstances and it is now believed that he left because his father was terminally ill.
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