Champions League - Group E
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Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea: Olivier Giroud scores four to put Blues top of group

By Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport
Olivier Giroud scores his second goal
Olivier Giroud was making only his second Chelsea start of the season

Olivier Giroud scored all four goals in a comprehensive Chelsea victory over Sevilla that ensures the Blues take top spot in Champions League Group E.

The Frenchman scored early in each half with two delightful finishes after being fed by clever passes from Kai Havertz and Matteo Kovacic respectively.

He completed the treble with a flicked near-post header, then converted a penalty after he was bundled over in the box.

Already assured of qualification for the last 16, Chelsea made nine changes to the team that drew 0-0 with Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Both Havertz and Christian Pulisic made their first Blues starts since October following illness and injury, while 19-year-old midfielder Billy Gilmour came off the bench for his first appearance of the season.

Sevilla, also sure of their place in the knockout stages, were without a number of first-choice players and were forced to give a debut to goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor after Tomas Vaclik was injured in the warm-up.

There was little the 20-year-old could do about the goals and his saves ensured Chelsea's winning margin was not greater.

Giroud makes his point - again

Giroud had made only one previous start for Chelsea this season, in the EFL Cup defeat by Tottenham, but this haul came after he scored a stoppage-time winner as a substitute against Rennes last week.

His path to regular Premier League football is blocked by Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham, but he could do no more to take the opportunity presented to him in southern Spain.

"He's the ultimate professional," said Lampard. "You see his numbers for France and his numbers in the Champions League.

"He wasn't a regular before I got here but as soon as I came in I saw his positivity, how he wants to train, how he wants to affect people, whether he starts or not.

"He's a great example for the younger players and other players, that when they're not always playing, they keep training well then come in and perform like he did tonight."

The former Arsenal man put in a complete performance, not only displaying clinical finishing, but also a physical presence that tortured the home defence.

Chelsea found regular joy with runs from midfield and it was Havertz's early burst that ended in a lay-off to Giroud, who cut back and tucked inside the far post with his left foot.

The second goal was a joy, a dinked right-footed finish over Pastor, while the header from N'Golo Kante's cross from the right completed a 'perfect' hat-trick.

The spot-kick, drilled in with his left foot, was Giroud's final act before he was withdrawn.

"I didn't know until two years ago that you called it a 'perfect' hat-trick," Giroud told BT Sport. "When I scored against Kyiv in the Europa League I said 'what do you mean?' It was good, I had good assists, though.

"I will try to carry on like that to finish the good work of the team. It's always nice to be in the club history and we play football to mark our history so I'm pleased to help the team to win and to score the four goals."

Chelsea coast to top spot

While both teams made changes safe in the knowledge their progress was already certain, there was still the carrot of a theoretically easier draw in the last 16 to play for.

Chelsea would not have expected such a straightforward evening against a Sevilla side who sit fifth in La Liga and took a point from a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in October.

Yet, bar a period in the first half when set-pieces from the left caused trouble in the visiting defence, the Blues coasted to a fourth successive Champions League victory for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 2012.

Havertz and Pulisic, who have seen Hakim Ziyech emerge during their time on the sidelines, were both lively, while Callum Hudson-Odoi was a threat down the right.

Antonio Rudiger saw a header from a corner cleared off the line at the end of an even first period, before Chelsea dominated the second half as the hosts tired.

By the end, they had extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 games, during which time they have kept eight clean sheets.

Olivier's army - the stats

  • Sevilla were unbeaten in 14 home matches in all European competitions coming into this game (W12 D2), with this their first such defeat since April 2018 vs Bayern Munich.
  • Chelsea have won two Champions League games by at least four goals under Frank Lampard - only under Jose Mourinho do they have more such wins (six).
  • In what was Sevilla's 100th home match in European competition, they lost by a four-goal margin on home soil for the very first time.
  • Chelsea's Olivier Giroud (34 years and 63 days) became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League/European Cup since Ferenc Puskas for Real Madrid vs Feyenoord in September 1965 (38 years and 173 days).
  • Giroud became just the second player to a score a Champions League hat-trick for two English sides (Arsenal & Chelsea), after Michael Owen (Liverpool & Manchester United).
  • He also became the first Chelsea player to score four goals in a single game since current manager Frank Lampard did so against Aston Villa in March 2010.

What's next?

Chelsea host Leeds in the Premier League on Saturday (20:00 GMT), before rounding off the Champions League group stage at home to Krasnodar next Tuesday. Sevilla play Real Madrid in La Liga at the weekend before a European date with Rennes.

Player of the match

GiroudOlivier Giroud

with an average of 9.43

Sevilla

  1. Squad number33Player namePastor
    Average rating

    4.80

  2. Squad number10Player nameRakitic
    Average rating

    4.66

  3. Squad number16Player nameNavas
    Average rating

    4.64

  4. Squad number20Player nameDiego Carlos
    Average rating

    4.54

  5. Squad number3Player nameGómez
    Average rating

    4.46

  6. Squad number5Player nameOcampos
    Average rating

    4.37

  7. Squad number4Player nameRekik
    Average rating

    4.36

  8. Squad number12Player nameKoundé
    Average rating

    4.36

  9. Squad number6Player nameGudelj
    Average rating

    4.35

  10. Squad number21Player nameTorres
    Average rating

    4.34

  11. Squad number23Player nameIdrissi
    Average rating

    4.33

  12. Squad number15Player nameEn-Nesyri
    Average rating

    4.30

  13. Squad number22Player nameVázquez
    Average rating

    4.29

  14. Squad number14Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    4.28

  15. Squad number8Player nameJordán
    Average rating

    4.28

  16. Squad number11Player nameEl Haddadi
    Average rating

    4.13

Chelsea

  1. Squad number18Player nameGiroud
    Average rating

    9.43

  2. Squad number16Player nameMendy
    Average rating

    8.08

  3. Squad number29Player nameHavertz
    Average rating

    7.94

  4. Squad number7Player nameKanté
    Average rating

    7.84

  5. Squad number17Player nameKovacic
    Average rating

    7.62

  6. Squad number10Player namePulisic
    Average rating

    7.60

  7. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    7.58

  8. Squad number22Player nameZiyech
    Average rating

    7.50

  9. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger
    Average rating

    7.49

  10. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
    Average rating

    7.49

  11. Squad number19Player nameMount
    Average rating

    7.47

  12. Squad number23Player nameGilmour
    Average rating

    7.34

  13. Squad number33Player nameEmerson
    Average rating

    7.31

  14. Squad number5Player nameJorginho
    Average rating

    7.27

  15. Squad number4Player nameChristensen
    Average rating

    7.23

  16. Squad number11Player nameWerner
    Average rating

    7.08

Line-ups

Sevilla

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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 41minsSubstituted forOcamposat 59'minutes
  • 15En-Nesyri

Substitutes

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

Chelsea

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sevilla 0, Chelsea 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sevilla 0, Chelsea 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Óliver Torres.

  4. Post update

    Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Emerson (Chelsea).

  6. Booking

    Joan Jordán (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Mason Mount (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joan Jordán (Sevilla).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Karim Rekik (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joan Jordán (Sevilla).

  14. Post update

    Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    VAR Decision: No Penalty Chelsea.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Billy Gilmour replaces Jorginho.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Timo Werner replaces Olivier Giroud.

  18. Post update

    Goal! Sevilla 0, Chelsea 4. Olivier Giroud (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

  19. Booking

    Sergi Gómez (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Sergi Gómez (Sevilla) after a foul in the penalty area.

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