Amsterdam : Ajax took a big step in their quest for a first European title in 21 years, thrashing Olympique Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League football semi-final here.

Bertrand Traore was the dominant figure for the Dutch side, scoring two goals and assisting on a third here on Wednesday night, reports Efe.

Lyon looked more comfortable in the first 20 minutes of the contest in front of nearly 50,000 spectators at a packed Amsterdam Arena.

The visitors’ good start led to one quality chance, a Maxwel Cornet shot that forced a fine stop by Ajax goalkeeper Andre Oanana.

Cornet’s strike seemed to rouse the hosts, who were soon pinning Lyon in their own end and took the lead in the 25th minute as Traore scored off a free kick by Hakim Ziyech.

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