BATE Borisov 0 – 1 Chelsea – Olivier Giroud’s first
goal of the season helped Chelsea into the last 32
of the Europa League as they edged to victory over
BATE Borisov. Eden Hazard started his first Europa
League game this season for Chelsea.
The France international headed Emerson’s cross in
at the near post early in the second period to
maintain the Blues’ 100% Group L record.
Chelsea are now six points clear of Hungarian side
MOL Vidi who moved up to second in the group
with a win over PAOK Salonika.
Despite the chilly conditions in Belarus, a white-hot
atmosphere greeted Maurizio Sarri’s side at a
tightly-packed Borisov Arena.
And it was the hosts, who had confirmed their 13th
consecutive Belarusian league title on Sunday, who
initially went on the offensive.
During a 60-second period, Bate twice carved out
opportunities with Dmitri Baga’s rasping drive hitting
the post and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga
athletically saving Stanislav Dragun’s header from a
But as Chelsea grew more assured, the hosts
retreated, and early in the second half Emerson’s
cross allowed Giroud to nod the ball in at the near
post, his first goal since May.
That prompted a strong response from Bate, but
Nikolai Signevich struck the left post and Aleksey
Rios blazed over from close range as the Blues held
on to win.
BATE Borisov 0 – 1 Chelsea | UEFA Europa League
– Group Stage – Match summary
1. 52′ 0 – 1 Olivier Giroud scores his first goal of
the season to give Chelsea the lead! Olivier
Giroud scores his first goal of the season.
Emerson Palmieri puts in a good cross, which
Giroud heads toward goal. Bate goalkeeper
Denis Scherbitski gets a touch and should do
better but the ball flies past him into the net.
That’s Giroud’s first goal under Maurizio Sarri –
and Chelsea’s first effort on target tonight.
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