Traore bags brace as Ajax beats Lyon 4-1 in Europa semis

Traore bags brace as Ajax beats Lyon 4-1 in Europa semis

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Bertrand Traore scored two goals and created another as a rampant Ajax beat Lyon 4-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Wednesday.

Burkina Faso forward Traore, who is on loan to Ajax from Chelsea, had been in doubt before kickoff with a groin injury.


 

But the 21-year-old showed no ill effects as the four-time European Cup winner made the most of its first European semifinal since 1997.

 

In between his strikes, Traore lined up 19-year-old Denmark striker Kasper Dolberg to score Ajax‘s second in the 34th minute.

 

Amin Younes added the hosts’ fourth in the 49th minute, but Mathieu Valbuena‘s away goal for Lyon in the 66th will give his team at least a faint hope of advancing from next week’s second leg in France.

 

Culled from USA Today

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