Olivier Giroud starred once again for Chelsea in their Europa second-leg tie as his first hatrick for the West London club helped them cruise into the last-eight of the Europa league competition.
Dynamo Kiev weren’t expected to overturn a 3-0 deficit against Maurizio Sarri. However, it was expected that they gave the Londoners a run for their money and make it a difficult contest but they were swept away by a rampaging Chelsea team.
Giroud started the onslaught as early as the fifth minute where he connected the ball and headed home from six yards out.
Willian’s cross was flicked on beautifully well by Loftus-Cheek at the near post for Giroud to convert from close range.
Few minutes after the half four mark, the French man got a brace after receiving a sublime cross from full-back, Marcos Alonso.
With that goal, Giroud had become the highest goalscorer in the competition and had brought his tally to an impressive eight goals in his last seven matches.
The 32-yr-old who was relentless throughout the match played a one-two with Hudson-Odoi that ultimately placed Marcos Alonso on the end of a simple finish from an ensuing cross.
Dynamo Kyiv were clueless on the attack. They lacked creativity and that bit of spark just like the first leg where they couldn’t even manage a shot on goal.
Consequently, they were deservedly punished by a Chelsea team who had sat out key players like Eden Hazard, Jorginho, David Luiz and four other players who had played in the match against Wolves.
But for records sake, it is important to note that Dynamo Kyiv did get in front in the second half but were denied by the upright on one occasion and by the safe hands of Kepa Arrizabalaga on the other.
They had just toyed with the lion’s tail with those attacks and Olivier Giroud punished them once more for that after heading a home a Willian’s free kick.
After that, the France International sent in a sublime pass to Callum Hudson-Odoi to break clear and finish the rout.
Dynamo Kyiv 0-5 Chelsea it ended.