Traore double puts Ajax in driving seat

Ajax took control of their Europa League semi-final tie against Lyon with a commanding 4-1 win in the first leg at the Johan Cruyff ArenA on Wednesday.

The Dutch giants scored twice in the first half before a third goal early in the second period put them firmly in the driving seat. Les Gones managed to pull one back but the hosts killed off the game soon afterwards.

Bruno Genesio's side made a bright start in Amsterdam, though, and threatened to break the deadlock in the 11th minute when Maxwel Cornetgot on the end of Lucas Tousart's cut-back to draw a sharp save out of Andre Onana with his leg.

However, the hosts grew into the game and went on to take the lead on 25 minutes, with Bertrand Traore getting a slight touch on Hakim Ziyech's free-kick to beat Anthony Lopes.

Kasper Dolberg doubled their advantage nine minutes later as he drilled a shot into the bottom-left corner of the net, after Lopes' poor clearance had been headed back by Traore.

The visitors had Lopes to thank for only being two goals down at half-time, with the keeper getting down quickly to deny Amin Younes moments before the break.

But Peter Bosz's team struck again just four minutes after the restart as Younes latched onto Ziyech's through-ball and saw his deflected shot sneak over the line.

The French club gave themselves a glimmer of hope in the 66th minute with an away goal from Mathieu Valbuena, who pounced on Lasse Schone's weak headed clearance and lashed the ball into the back of the net.

However, Ajax capped off a convincing display five minutes later when Davy Klaassen played in Ziyech down the flank and his cross was met by Traore to tuck home their fourth goal.