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Nathan Ake reveals his father died after his first Champions League goal

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The Manchester City defender scored his first Champions League goal midweek, but also suffered a devastating loss back home.

Nathan Ake has announced his father, Moise, died just moments after he had scored his first Champions League goal.

The 26-year-old headed in the opening goal of Manchester City’s 6-3 win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday night in Group A. It was the first time he scored in the competition in only four appearances.

But Ake’s joy was short-lived, as a personal loss occurred only minutes later that saw his father pass away after a long-term illness.

In an Instagram post on Thursday night, Ake wrote: “I know you’re always with me, you will always be in my heart and this one was for you, dad.

“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.”