On-loan Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore scored a goal in each half as Ajax ran amok in their Europa League semi-final with Lyon.
Ajax took a huge step towards securing a place in the Europa League final with a magnificent 4-1 win over Lyon at the Johan Cruyff ArenA.Bertrand Traore, Kasper Dolberg and Amin Younes did the damage for Ajax – on-loan Chelsea man Traore scoring in each half – as Hakim Ziyech’s sublime left foot supplied three assists.
Mathieu Valbuena gave Lyon hope with an away goal midway through the second period, but that only encouraged Ajax and the Ziyech-Traore combination in particular to bring the house down with number four 19 minutes from time.
It was a vibrant display from Peter Bosz’s youthful side, who delighted a sold-out crowd in Amsterdam on the club’s first appearance in a European semi-final for 20 years.
After a bright opening, Lyon were unable to match their swashbuckling opponents for attacking muscle and head coach Bruno Genesio will rue top scorer Alexandre Lacazette being restricted to a substitutes’ role following a hamstring injury.