Europa League - Semi-Final - 1st Leg
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Ajax 4-1 Lyon

Ajax celebrate
Ajax last played in a European final in 1996

Ajax moved to the brink of a first European final in 21 years by overwhelming Lyon in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

The Dutch side led when on-loan Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore glanced in a header, before Kasper Dolberg drove in a second after defensive confusion.

In an open affair, Amin Younes struck a third via a deflection after the break.

Mathieu Valbuena gave Lyon hope by curling in an away goal, but Traore added his second to give Ajax control.

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.

He was central to much of Ajax's good work in a match which was far from a cagey first-leg affair, with the sides sharing 37 shots in all.

Lyon, who have never played in a major European final, will now need to overturn a three-goal deficit in the second leg on 11 May if they are to face either Manchester United or Celta Vigo in the final in Stockholm 13 days later.

The French side were undone by an inswinging free-kick as Traore headed in the opener but their manager, Bruno Genesio, was visibly incensed by the defending for the hosts' second.

Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes lofted a poor clearance which was headed into the path of Dolberg, who raced through to finish with the outside of his foot.

Lopes brilliantly denied Younes when one-on-one before the break but could do little when the German's low drive deflected past him and just crossed the line on 49 minutes.

The crowd inside the Johan Cruyff Arena grew boisterous as their side closed in on a first European final since defeat in the European Cup to Juventus in 1996.

Valbuena's calm finish from 18 yards briefly halted the celebrations, only for Traore to restore the three-goal lead.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 24Onana
  • 2Tete
  • 5Sánchez
  • 36de LigtBooked at 30mins
  • 4Riedewald
  • 10Klaassen
  • 20SchöneSubstituted forvan de Beekat 71'minutes
  • 22Ziyech
  • 9TraoréBooked at 62mins
  • 25DolbergSubstituted forNeres Camposat 88'minutes
  • 11YounesSubstituted forKluivertat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Westermann
  • 21de Jong
  • 30van de Beek
  • 33Boer
  • 34Nouri
  • 45Kluivert
  • 77Neres Campos

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 13JalletSubstituted forRafaelat 69'minutes
  • 3Nkoulou
  • 5Diakhaby
  • 15Morel
  • 29TousartSubstituted forGhezzalat 58'minutes
  • 21GonalonsBooked at 40mins
  • 27CornetSubstituted forLacazetteat 76'minutes
  • 8Tolisso
  • 28Valbuena
  • 18Fekir

Substitutes

  • 2Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 10Lacazette
  • 11Ghezzal
  • 12Ferri
  • 14Darder
  • 20Rafael
  • 30Gorgelin
Referee:
Gianluca Rocchi
Attendance:
52,141

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaxAway TeamLyon
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home24
Away13
Shots on Target
Home16
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ajax 4, Lyon 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajax 4, Lyon 1.

Corner, Lyon. Conceded by Kenny Tete.

Attempt missed. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kenny Tete.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Anthony Lopes.

Attempt saved. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Davy Klaassen (Ajax) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

David Neres (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jérémy Morel (Lyon).

Attempt blocked. Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jérémy Morel.

Bertrand Traoré (Ajax) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rafael (Lyon).

Foul by Bertrand Traoré (Ajax).

Corentin Tolisso (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Neres (Ajax) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mouctar Diakhaby (Lyon).

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. David Neres replaces Kasper Dolberg.

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon).

Foul by Justin Kluivert (Ajax).

Rafael (Lyon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Ajax. Justin Kluivert tries a through ball, but Bertrand Traoré is caught offside.

Foul by Davinson Sánchez (Ajax).

Mathieu Valbuena (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Davy Klaassen (Ajax) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jairo Riedewald with a cross.

Attempt missed. Davy Klaassen (Ajax) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bertrand Traoré.

Foul by Kasper Dolberg (Ajax).

Jérémy Morel (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hakim Ziyech.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Rafael.

Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bertrand Traoré.

Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax).

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Justin Kluivert replaces Amin Younes.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Rafael.

Attempt blocked. Bertrand Traoré (Ajax) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Davinson Sánchez.

Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Anthony Lopes.

Attempt saved. Donny van de Beek (Ajax) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Bertrand Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Alexandre Lacazette replaces Maxwel Cornet.

Attempt saved. Amin Younes (Ajax) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kasper Dolberg.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe641186213
2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nic640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz 056231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St P6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6402139412
2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakt Donsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3FC RB Salzb62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Buc613257-26
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