Dynamo Kiev 0-5 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud hits hat-trick as Blues record thumping win

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud has not scored in any other competition than the Europa League since 24 November 2018

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea thrashed Dynamo Kiev to move into the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 aggregate win.

The France forward’s early effort from Willian’s corner set the tone for the Blues, who arrived in Kiev with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg.

Giroud swept in his second of the night from Marcos Alonso’s sublime cross to register his eighth goal in the competition this season.

With the visitors in total control, Alonso tapped in a third goal from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross before the break.

Kiev captain Serhiy Sydorchuk went close to a consolation for the hosts in the second period, hitting the post from close range.

But Giroud completed his hat-trick with a header from another Willian corner, before Hudson-Odoi’s placed effort put the gloss on a dominant display.

Chelsea will discover their quarter-final and potential semi-final opponents on Friday at 12:00 GMT.

Giroud’s perfect night

While Giroud has started just two Premier League matches for Chelsea in the past four months, he has relished his outings in the Europa League.

Since his last domestic goal against Tottenham on 24 November 2018, the 32-year-old has scored eight goals in seven appearances in Europe.

And another clinical performance ensured he left the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as the Europa League’s top scorer with nine goals.

One-touch finishes for his first two goals of the evening demonstrated his prowess from close range, giving home goalkeeper Denys Boyko no chance.

Alertness and anticipation allowed him to steer Willian’s corner past the Kiev keeper for his first goal from around six yards out.

And his movement created the space for him to connect powerfully with Alonso’s cross to thump in a second from the centre of the hosts’ penalty area.

His final effort, a header from another Willian corner, also highlighted his aerial threat as he capitalised on shoddy marking to seal a “perfect” hat-trick, comprising of right-foot, left-foot and headed goals.

Europa League favourites?

Maurizio Sarri won plaudits for his style of play at former club Napoli but despite his impressive reputation, he has yet to win a trophy as a manager.

The Europa League represents an opportunity for him to end his first season as Chelsea boss with silverware and this was a performance to suggest he might do just that.

Despite naming a team that contained seven changes from their 1-1 draw against Wolves, there was a fluidity about Sarri’s side as they quickly stamped their authority on the contest.

Giroud’s early goal undoubtedly helped but their list of absentees, which included Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard, made this all the more impressive.

And the emphatic nature of the result will also serve as a warning to the other clubs in the quarter-finals.

Still unbeaten in the competition, Sarri’s side had started the evening as the bookmakers’ favourites and by full-time the odds on them repeating their 2012-13 success had shortened further.

Man of the match – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

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Olivier Giroud scored his first hat-trick since December 2015

‘We played a wonderful first half’ – what they said

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri speaking to BT Sport: “We started very well. We wanted to start in this way.

“We scored after five minutes which was a very difficult situation for the opponents. We played a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half.”

On Ruben Loftus-Cheek he said: “He did very well. He is improving in the last month. He has been able to train after the problem with the back. He had a wonderful match and I’m really happy he could play for 90 minutes.

“His potential as a player is very, very high. Physically, technically and tactically he is improving, he can become one of the best midfielders not only in England but in Europe.”

What’s next?

Chelsea resume their Premier League duties when they travel to Everton on Sunday 17 March (16:30 GMT).

Live Text

Match ends, Dynamo Kyiv 0, Chelsea 5.

Second Half ends, Dynamo Kyiv 0, Chelsea 5.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mykyta Burda (Dynamo Kyiv).

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mykyta Burda.

Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Oleksandr Andrievsky replaces Volodymyr Shepelev.

Offside, Dynamo Kyiv. Viktor Tsygankov tries a through ball, but Denys Harmash is caught offside.

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kyiv).

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.

Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Yevhen Smyrnyi replaces Sidcley.

Foul by Jorginho (Chelsea).

Tchê Tchê (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jorginho (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Volodymyr Shepelev (Dynamo Kyiv).

Goal! Dynamo Kyiv 0, Chelsea 5. Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Corner, Dynamo Kyiv. Conceded by Andreas Christensen.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tomasz Kedziora (Dynamo Kyiv).

Foul by Jorginho (Chelsea).

Volodymyr Shepelev (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Chelsea. Pedro replaces Willian.

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Sidcley (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

Viktor Tsygankov (Dynamo Kyiv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mykyta Burda (Dynamo Kyiv).

Substitution, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta replaces Davide Zappacosta because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Denys Harmash (Dynamo Kyiv) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tomasz Kedziora with a cross.

Substitution, Chelsea. Jorginho replaces N’Golo Kanté.

Substitution, Dynamo Kyiv. Tchê Tchê replaces Serhiy Sydorchuk.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tomasz Kedziora (Dynamo Kyiv).

Attempt saved. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Vitaliy Mykolenko (Dynamo Kyiv) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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