Ajax is on the verge of reaching their first European final in 21 years by thrashing Lyon in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

Ajax took the lead when on-loan Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore placed in a header, before Kasper Dolberg made a goal of his own.

Amin Younes struck a third via a deflection after the break.

Mathieu Valbuena Lyon hope but giving the visitors a goal, but was fruitless after Traore made the final goal of the match to seal the victor.

Traore’s finish from Hakim Ziyech’s cross made the attacking midfielder the first player in Europa League history to assist three goals in a semi-final or final.

Lyon have never played in a major European final. They must need to overturn a three-goal deficit in the second leg on the 11th of May, if they want to face Manchester United or Celta Vigo in the final in Stockholm.


Traoré (25′ minutes, 71′ minutes)
Dolberg (34′ minutes)
Younes (49′ minutes)

Valbuena (66′ minutes)

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