Giroud hat-trick eases Chelsea past Dynamo Kyiv in Europa League
Olivier Giroud grabbed a hat-trick to become the top scorer in the Europa League against Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine for a 5-0 thumping as Chelsea won 8-0 on aggregate and move to the quarter-finals.
Chelsea had already secured a 3-0 lead from the first leg and made several changes with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi making the first team squad with Kyiv coming from a 4-0 win in the Ukrainian league.
Any hopes of a comeback were dashed within five minutes as the World cup winner stabbed home from a corner kick by Willian that Loftus-Cheek flicked on for the Chelsea striker to bury in the net with a stretched foot.
Giroud got his second after the half-hour as Loftus-Cheek run from inside his half and found Marcos Alonso who spotted the former Arsenal striker with the Spanish left-back curling a low cross straight into his path to connect inside the box on 33 minutes.
The Blues piled more misery to the hosts with Giroud playing a one-two on the edge of the box for Hudson-Odoi to cut-back from the byline and Alonso turned poacher sliding in to finish from a few yards.
The second half saw the hosts more aggressive in the game pressing the Stamford Bridge outfit and were almost rewarded on 51 minutes with Sergiy Sydorchuk blowing a clear-cut chance hitting the post from a few yards after being denied from the same action.
Maurizio Sarri’s men grabbed the third for Giroud from a Willian free-kick with the striker rising highest to head home unmarked on the six-yard box eight minutes later.
Dynamo Kyiv survived a few minutes later with Marcos Alonso set piece from outside the box being parried by Denys Boyko on to the crossbar but eventually succumbed to Chelsea pressure with Callum Hudson-Odoi released by Olivier Giroud to pas into the back of the net on 78 minutes.
The win sees the London club move to the quarter-finals of the Europa League draw tomorrow.
Dynamo Kyiv – Chelsea Match Statistics
|2||Shots on goal||8|
|2||Shots off goal||5|
|3||Shots inside box||12|
|3||Shots outside box||2|