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SportGiroud heads Chelsea past BATE, Rangers lose thriller at Spartak

23:55  08 november  2018
23:55  08 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

Chelsea, Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa League

Chelsea, Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa League Olivier Giroud ended his drought by scoring the only goal to lead Chelsea to a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday that clinched a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League with two group games to spare. Giroud had not scored for Chelsea for six months but he knows what it's like to net against BATE. Last season, the France forward was on target in both games against the Belarusian champion when he played for London rival Arsenal in Europe's second tier competition. Arsenal also made it through after a 0-0 home draw against Sporting marred by Danny Welbeck's injury.

Chelsea win 1-0 at Bate Borisov to progress. Giroud scores first goal of season. Post update. Bordeaux will be out if they lose today, but they are 1-0 up against Zenit St Petersburg at half-time. Arsenal right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is playing in such an attacking position, he heads an effort

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Giroud heads Chelsea past BATE, Rangers lose thriller at Spartak© (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images) BARYSAW, BELARUS - NOVEMBER 08: Olivier Giroud of Chelsea (18) celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with Eden Hazard and team mates during the UEFA Europa League Group L match between FC BATE and Chelsea at Borisov-Arena on November 8, 2018 in Barysaw, Belarus. (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea booked their place in the Europa League knockout stage as Olivier Giroud's first club goal of the campaign gave Maurizio Sarri's men a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov, while Rangers lost a seven-goal thriller against Spartak Moscow.

Giroud ended his 11-game goal drought this season by giving Chelsea a 53rd-minute lead, and the Premier League giants held on despite BATE striking the woodwork three times in the match.

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BATE and Chelsea meet at Borisov Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). Chelsea : After 3 wins, the away team is currently in the 1 st position, with 9 points won. For this away game, the visiting coach has Olivier Giroud in doubt, due to physical problems.

Despite losing Giroud , the club went unbeaten in the four league matches he missed. This victory sent Arsenal to third in the table, climbing past London-rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.[110] He each against Queens Park Rangers , West Ham United and two against Newcastle United in the Premier

"I was hoping to score soon because I came back late from the World Cup and I was lacking maybe a bit of efficiency and luck but you always need to keep working hard and keep the faith and that's what happened tonight," France striker Giroud told BT Sport.

The Londoners moved six points clear of Hungarians Vidi at the Group L summit and remain unbeaten in 17 matches since losing the Community Shield to Manchester City in August.

BATE started strongly and came within a whisker of taking an early lead as former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb teed up Dmitri Baga for a long-range strike which crashed against Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's post.

The visitors quickly started to monopolise possession, but despite seeing over 70 percent of the ball in the first half, they failed to even manage a shot on target against a well-drilled BATE outfit.

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Europa League: Which clubs progressed and faltered in Matchday 4? BATE Borisov came close against Chelsea - cracking the woodwork on three occasions - but the English side advanced to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win in Belarus. Meanwhile, last season's finalists Marseille and Belgian giants Anderlecht were notable clubs eliminated from the continental competition in the early kickoffs. Here is what's happened so far in Thursday's matches, and what's still to be determined in a busy day of Europa League action: Early kickoffs © Provided by Score Media Ventures INC BULENT KILIC / AFP / Getty Group D Anderlecht were eliminated with a 2-0 loss at Fenerbahce, whose fate is yet to be determined along with that of Dinamo

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But Sarri's men were much improved after the break and Giroud, who also scored twice for Arsenal against BATE in the Europa League last term, broke the deadlock by meeting left-back Emerson's cross with a firm downward header.

The hosts almost levelled just five minutes later, as they hit the woodwork for second time in the match when Nikolai Signevich diverted the ball onto the crossbar.

BATE coach Alyaksey Baha, the older brother of midfielder Dmitri, was left holding his head in his hands after Aleksey Rios blazed an even better chance to equalise over the bar.

There was still time for BATE to hit the post again, as right-back Rios' brilliant dipping volley beat Kepa but bounced to safety.

- Gerrard finally beaten in Europe -

Giroud heads Chelsea past BATE, Rangers lose thriller at Spartak© Provided by AFP Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor conceded four times as Rangers lost for the first time in Europe this season

Steven Gerrard's Rangers saw their 11-game unbeaten run in this year's Europa League come to a dramatic end as they threw away the lead three times in a 4-3 defeat at Spartak Moscow.

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Both sides were the beneficiaries of comical own goals in a crazy first half which ended with Glenn Middleton putting the Scots 3-2 ahead, but Luiz Adriano and Sofiane Hanni both scored in the space of 71 seconds to snatch Spartak victory.

Rangers are now level on points with Spartak in an incredibly tight Group G, one point behind leaders Villarreal after the Spaniards' goalless draw with Rapid Vienna in Austria.

Elsewhere, Eintracht Frankfurt qualified for the last 32 with their fourth win from as many group games by beating Apollon Limassol 3-2 in Cyprus, while Lazio joined them in progressing from Group H as goals from Marco Parolo and Joaquin Correa secured a 2-1 win over Marseille to eliminate last season's runners-up.

Record five-time winners Sevilla needed a late penalty from Ever Banega to claim a 3-2 victory at Akhisar Belediyespor, after having a man sent off, losing a two-goal lead and seeing the Turks miss a spot-kick of their own.

Pablo Machin's side are level with Krasnodar, who beat Standard Liege 2-1, at the top of Group J.

Lundqvist, Vesey lead Rangers to 3-1 win over Sabres.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 shots and Jimmy Vesey scored twice to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. Neal Pionk also scored in the Rangers' third straight win. New York rookie Brett Howden picked up his sixth assist of the season before leaving with an injury in the second period. Lundqvist was stellar while picking up his fourth win of the season and 435th of his career, moving just two behind Jacaues Plante for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list. Connor Sheary scored for Buffalo and Carter Hutton made 19 saves. The Rangers made the most of their first two shots in the middle period, scoring twice within 19 seconds.

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