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Nathan Ake’s dad dies ‘minutes after’ watching son score first Champions League goal for Man City

Nathan Ake has revealed that his father died just ‘minutes after’ he scored his first Champions League goal on Wednesday night

The Man City defender was named in the starting line-up to face RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium.

Ake headed in after 16 minutes to get the ball rolling in their 6-3 victory against the German outfit, opening the scoring for Pep Guardiola’s side.

But the Netherlands international posted on social media on Thursday that his father had unfortunately passed away moments after he scored.

Ake wrote on Instagram: “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 fiancé, 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 joined Man City in a £41million deal from Bournemouth in 2020.

He made just 13 appearances in all competitions last season, in a Premier League and League Cup winning campaign.