Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud scores 4 to place Blues prime of group

Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud scores 4 to place Blues prime of group

Olivier Giroud scores his second goal
Olivier Giroud was making solely his second Chelsea begin of the season

Olivier Giroud scored all 4 targets in a complete Chelsea victory over Sevilla that ensures the Blues take prime spot in Champions League Group E.

The Frenchman scored early in every half with two pleasant finishes after being fed by intelligent passes from Kai Havertz and Matteo Kovacic respectively.

He accomplished the treble with a flicked near-post header, then transformed a penalty after he was bundled over within the field.

Already assured of qualification for the final 16, Chelsea made 9 adjustments to the workforce that drew 0-0 with Tottenham within the Premier League on Sunday.

Each Havertz and Christian Pulisic made their first Blues begins since October following sickness and damage, whereas 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour got here off the bench for his first look of the season.

Sevilla, additionally positive of their place within the knockout levels, have been with out various first-choice gamers and have been pressured to present a debut to goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor after Tomas Vaclik was injured within the warm-up.

There was little the 20-year-old may do concerning the targets and his saves ensured Chelsea’s successful margin was not higher.

Giroud makes his level – once more

Giroud had made just one earlier begin for Chelsea this season, within the EFL Cup defeat by Tottenham, however this haul got here after he scored a stoppage-time winner in its place towards Rennes final week.

His path to common Premier League soccer is blocked by Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham, however he may do no extra to take the chance offered to him in southern Spain.

“He is the final word skilled,” stated Lampard. “You see his numbers for France and his numbers within the Champions League.

“He wasn’t a daily earlier than I acquired right here however as quickly as I got here in I noticed his positivity, how he desires to coach, how he desires to have an effect on individuals, whether or not he begins or not.

“He is an ideal instance for the youthful gamers and different gamers, that once they’re not at all times enjoying, they hold coaching effectively then are available and carry out like he did tonight.”

The previous Arsenal man put in an entire efficiency, not solely displaying scientific ending, but in addition a bodily presence that tortured the house defence.

Chelsea discovered common pleasure with runs from midfield and it was Havertz’s early burst that led to a lay-off to Giroud, who reduce and tucked contained in the far publish together with his left foot.

The second aim was a pleasure, a dinked right-footed end over Pastor, whereas the header from N’Golo Kante’s cross from the fitting accomplished a ‘excellent’ hat-trick.

The spot-kick, drilled in together with his left foot, was Giroud’s closing act earlier than he was withdrawn.

“I did not know till two years in the past that you just known as it a ‘excellent’ hat-trick,” Giroud informed BT Sport. “Once I scored towards Kyiv within the Europa League I stated ‘what do you imply?’ It was good, I had good assists, although.

“I’ll attempt to keep on like that to complete the nice work of the workforce. It is at all times good to be within the membership historical past and we play soccer to mark our historical past so I am happy to assist the workforce to win and to attain the 4 targets.”

Chelsea coast to prime spot

Whereas each groups made adjustments secure within the data their progress was already sure, there was nonetheless the carrot of a theoretically simpler draw within the final 16 to play for.

Chelsea wouldn’t have anticipated such a simple night towards a Sevilla aspect who sit fifth in La Liga and took some extent from a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in October.

But, bar a interval within the first half when set-pieces from the left induced hassle within the visiting defence, the Blues coasted to a fourth successive Champions League victory for the primary time since they lifted the trophy in 2012.

Havertz and Pulisic, who’ve seen Hakim Ziyech emerge throughout their time on the sidelines, have been each full of life, whereas Callum Hudson-Odoi was a menace down the fitting.

Antonio Rudiger noticed a header from a nook cleared off the road on the finish of a good first interval, earlier than Chelsea dominated the second half because the hosts drained.

By the tip, that they had prolonged their unbeaten run in all competitions to fifteen video games, throughout which era they’ve saved eight clear sheets.

Olivier’s military – the stats

  • Sevilla have been unbeaten in 14 dwelling matches in all European competitions coming into this recreation (W12 D2), with this their first such defeat since April 2018 vs Bayern Munich.
  • Chelsea have gained two Champions League video games by at the least 4 targets below Frank Lampard – solely below Jose Mourinho have they got extra such wins (six).
  • In what was Sevilla’s a centesimal dwelling match in European competitors, they misplaced by a four-goal margin on dwelling soil for the very first time.
  • Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud (34 years and 63 days) grew to become the oldest participant to attain a hat-trick within the Champions League/European Cup since Ferenc Puskas for Actual Madrid vs Feyenoord in September 1965 (38 years and 173 days).
  • Giroud grew to become simply the second participant to a rating a Champions League hat-trick for 2 English sides (Arsenal & Chelsea), after Michael Owen (Liverpool & Manchester United).
  • He additionally grew to become the primary Chelsea participant to attain 4 targets in a single recreation since present supervisor Frank Lampard did so towards Aston Villa in March 2010.

What’s subsequent?

Chelsea host Leeds within the Premier League on Saturday (20:00 GMT), earlier than rounding off the Champions League group stage at dwelling to Krasnodar subsequent Tuesday. Sevilla play Actual Madrid in La Liga on the weekend earlier than a European date with Rennes.

Participant of the match

GiroudOlivier Giroud

Sevilla

  1. Squad quantity33Participant titlePastor

  2. Squad quantity10Participant titleRakitic

  3. Squad quantity16Participant titleNavas

  4. Squad quantity20Participant titleDiego Carlos

  5. Squad quantity3Participant titleGómez

  6. Squad quantity5Participant titleOcampos

  7. Squad quantity4Participant titleRekik

  8. Squad quantity12Participant titleKoundé

  9. Squad quantity6Participant titleGudelj

  10. Squad quantity21Participant titleTorres

  11. Squad quantity23Participant titleIdrissi

  12. Squad quantity15Participant titleEn-Nesyri

  13. Squad quantity22Participant titleVázquez

  14. Squad quantity14Participant titleRodríguez

  15. Squad quantity8Participant titleJordán

  16. Squad quantity11Participant titleEl Haddadi

Chelsea

  1. Squad quantity18Participant titleGiroud

  2. Squad quantity16Participant titleMendy

  3. Squad quantity29Participant titleHavertz

  4. Squad quantity7Participant titleKanté

  5. Squad quantity17Participant titleKovacic

  6. Squad quantity10Participant titlePulisic

  7. Squad quantity28Participant titleAzpilicueta

  8. Squad quantity22Participant titleZiyech

  9. Squad quantity2Participant titleRüdiger

  10. Squad quantity20Participant titleHudson-Odoi

  11. Squad quantity19Participant titleMount

  12. Squad quantity23Participant titleGilmour

  13. Squad quantity33Participant titleEmerson

  14. Squad quantity5Participant titleJorginho

  15. Squad quantity4Participant titleChristensen

  16. Squad quantity11Participant titleWerner

Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 33Pastor
  • 16NavasSubstituted forKoundéat 59′minutes
  • 3GómezBooked at 82mins
  • 20Santos Silva
  • 4Rekik
  • 6GudeljBooked at 15mins
  • 10RakiticSubstituted forTorresat 75′minutes
  • 22VázquezSubstituted forEl Haddadiat 66′minutes
  • 14RodríguezSubstituted forJordánat 60′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23IdrissiBooked at 42minsSubstituted forOcamposat 60′minutes
  • 15En-Nesyri

Substitutes

  • 5Ocampos
  • 8Jordán
  • 9de Jong
  • 11El Haddadi
  • 12Koundé
  • 21Torres
  • 25Reges
  • 29González
  • 30Zarzana
  • 35Vázquez
  • 36Romero

Chelsea

  • 16Mendy
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Christensen
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 33Emerson
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forKantéat 67′minutes
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forGilmourat 85′minutes
  • 17KovacicBooked at 37minsSubstituted forZiyechat 67′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 18GiroudSubstituted forWernerat 84′minutes
  • 10PulisicBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMountat 67′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 3Alonso
  • 7Kanté
  • 9Abraham
  • 11Werner
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Tomori
  • 19Mount
  • 21Chilwell
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gilmour
  • 24James

Referee:
Artur Manuel Soares Dias

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