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Bate Borisov 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud goal confirms last 32 Europa League spot

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for 794 minutes to put Chelsea into the last 32 of the Europa League

Maurizio Sarri says Olivier Giroud is "very important" to Chelsea after the forward's first goal since May put the Blues into the last 32 of the Europa League.

The France international, who had not scored under Sarri, headed in Emerson's cross at the near post early in the second period to maintain the Blues' 100% Group L record.

"I'm pleased for him," Sarri said. "I know strikers want to score. And so for his confidence, I think it's very important.

"I don't want him to be worried about scoring, because for us he's very important, a very, very useful player for the team."

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 had greeted 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 corner.

But as Chelsea grew more assured, the hosts retreated, and Giroud finally registered his goal.

That prompted a strong response from Bate who created a glut of chances to level.

But Nikolai Signevich struck the left post, Aleksey Rios blazed over and Baga again hit the post from close range as the Blues held on to win.

Giroud off the mark

Despite France's exploits in winning the World Cup in Russia in the summer, it was hardly a vintage tournament for Giroud who ended it without registering a single shot on target in 546 minutes of action.

And the prospects of an early-season pick-me-up were hardly assisted by his late return to training six days before the Premier League campaign started.

As a consequence, the 32-year-old has struggled for sharpness and to integrate into a style of play that is evolving under Sarri.

However, in his 12th match of the campaign and 794 minutes from his last goal in Chelsea colours, against Liverpool on 6 May, Giroud made a decisive contribution.

Tellingly, the 6ft 3in forward delivered it with a textbook downward header from Emerson's pinpoint left-wing cross to underline the value his aerial prowess offers in tight games.

Hazard toils on return

While Sarri made seven alterations to the Chelsea team that defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday, Eden Hazard was his most notable inclusion.

The Belgium international had missed three matches with a back problem before being introduced from the bench against Palace.

And this appeared the perfect opportunity for Sarri to give Hazard a match-sharpening run-out ahead of their weekend fixture against Everton.

The 27-year-old, making his first start in the competition, was given just over an hour and, in truth, struggled, perhaps justifying Sarri's desire to put more minutes into his legs.

Though Chelsea enjoyed almost 74% of possession, Hazard was largely anonymous, making 46 passes and touching the ball 65 times before he was withdrawn.

Man of the match - Ross Barkley (Chelsea)

Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley helped Chelsea control possession with 94% passing accuracy from 113 passes

'One more point needed' - what they said

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri: "I think the first target in this competition was to qualify and now the second target is to win our group, so I think we need one more point [to top the group].

"It's very important because then we can talk again about this competition in February, when we will have another target."

'Sarri's group stage pedigree' - the stats

  • Bate have lost on each of the three occasions they have hosted an English side in Europe (also 1-2 vs Everton in Oct 2009 and 2-4 vs Arsenal in Sep 2017).
  • Chelsea have won four consecutive games in European competition for the first time since April 2012, when they went on to win the Champions League.
  • Sarri has won all 10 of his Europa League group-stage games as a manager, with his sides scoring 28 goals while conceding just four in return.
  • Three Englishmen started for Chelsea against Bate (Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill, Ruben Loftus-Cheek), the most for the Blues in European competition since April 2014 vs Atletico Madrid (Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry).
  • Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea since netting against Liverpool in May - he had gone 14 games, 793 minutes and 24 shots without scoring.

What's next?

Chelsea return to domestic action on Sunday 11 November when they host Everton in the Premier League (14:15 GMT). The Blues host PAOK Salonika in their next Europa League fixture on Thursday 29 November (20:00 GMT).

Bate Borisov travel to Shakhtyor in the Belarusian league on Wednesday 21 November (15:00 GMT). They return to Europa League action on Thursday 29 November when they host MOL Vidi (17:55 GMT)

Line-ups

BATE Borisov

  • 48Scherbitski
  • 17Rios
  • 23Volkov
  • 21Filipenko
  • 4Filipovic
  • 25Baga
  • 8Dragun
  • 11HlebSubstituted forBerezkinat 81'minutes
  • 15SkavyshSubstituted forMoukamat 76'minutes
  • 13SignevichSubstituted forTuominenat 73'minutes
  • 22Stasevich

Substitutes

  • 5Yablonski
  • 7Berezkin
  • 10Ivanic
  • 24Tuominen
  • 33Polyakov
  • 35Chichkan
  • 94Moukam

Chelsea

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 21Zappacosta
  • 24Cahill
  • 27Christensen
  • 33Emerson
  • 12Loftus-CheekSubstituted forKovacicat 64'minutes
  • 5Jorginho
  • 8Barkley
  • 11PedroSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 85'minutes
  • 18Giroud
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forWillianat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kanté
  • 13Caballero
  • 17Kovacic
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 22Willian
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 44Ampadu
Referee:
Nikola Dabanovic
Attendance:
13,141

Match Stats

Home TeamBATE BorisovAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, BATE Borisov 0, Chelsea 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, BATE Borisov 0, Chelsea 1.

Attempt blocked. Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, BATE Borisov. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Zakhar Volkov (BATE Borisov) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

Corner, BATE Borisov. Conceded by Emerson.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Aleksandar Filipovic.

Attempt blocked. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Offside, BATE Borisov. Jasse Tuominen tries a through ball, but Hervaine Moukam is caught offside.

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

Foul by Jasse Tuominen (BATE Borisov).

Attempt missed. Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Emerson (Chelsea).

Hervaine Moukam (BATE Borisov) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces Pedro.

Attempt blocked. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

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

Foul by Evgeni Berezkin (BATE Borisov).

Substitution

Substitution, BATE Borisov. Evgeni Berezkin replaces Alyaksandr Hleb.

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

Foul by Zakhar Volkov (BATE Borisov).

Substitution

Substitution, BATE Borisov. Hervaine Moukam replaces Maksim Skavysh.

Attempt missed. Jorginho (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, BATE Borisov. Jasse Tuominen replaces Nikolai Signevich.

Foul by Andreas Christensen (Chelsea).

Nikolai Signevich (BATE Borisov) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Emerson.

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

Foul by Stanislav Dragun (BATE Borisov).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Mateo Kovacic replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pedro with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Denis Scherbitski.

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Pedro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Eden Hazard.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Denis Scherbitski.

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Davide Zappacosta.

Attempt missed. Aleksey Rios (BATE Borisov) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nikolai Signevich.

Nikolai Signevich (BATE Borisov) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stanislav Dragun.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 8th November 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen430110739
2Zürich43015329
3Ludogorets402235-22
4AEK Larnaca402236-32

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg4400145912
2RB Leipzig42028626
3Celtic420246-26
4Rosenborg4004312-90

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg42205328
2Slavia Prague42112117
3FC Copenhagen41213305
4Bordeaux401336-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb4400113812
2Fenerbahçe42117617
3Spartak Trnava410337-43
4Anderlecht401327-51

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal431082610
2Sporting42114227
3Vorskla Poltava410347-33
4FK Qarabag410316-53

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis42206248
2AC Milan42116427
3Olympiakos42118447
4F91 Dudelange4004111-100

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal413010556
2Spartak Moscow412178-15
3Rangers41218715
4Rapid Vienna411238-54

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt4400114712
2Lazio43018719
3Marseille401359-41
4Apollon Limassol401359-41

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk42118627
2Sarpsborg 0841216605
3Malmö FF41214405
4Besiktas411268-24

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FK Krasnodar43016429
2Sevilla4301155109
3Standard Liege420269-36
4Akhisarspor4004312-90

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Astana42207438
2Dynamo Kiev42209638
3Rennes410348-43
4FK Jablonec402257-22

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea440061512
2MOL Vidi42023306
3PAOK Salonika410345-13
4BATE Borisov410348-43
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