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SportEuropa League: Giroud scores hat trick in Chelsea rout

22:31  14 march  2019
22:31  14 march  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Pedro leads Chelsea to win over Spurs

Pedro leads Chelsea to win over Spurs Kieran Trippier's was one more ball on frame than his entire attack managed at the other end. Tottenham is now nine points back of Liverpool and eight back of Man City, sitting just four points clear of Arsenal ahead of the North London Derby. [ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ] The first quality chance belonged to Gonzalo Higuain, who hit a ball with the outside of his boost that plunked the inside of the post but bounded away from goal. Eden Hazard laid off for Higuain after a terrible giveaway from Hugo Lloris, but the Argentine spun his shot wide of the far post.

Europa League: Giroud scores hat trick in Chelsea rout© Getty Images

With a three-goal lead heading to Ukraine, Chelsea just needed to manage a strong, defensive result at the minimum to advance. The Blues did that and then some.

Olivier Giroud continued his incredible UEFA Europa League goalscoring exploits, scoring a hat trick as Chelsea routed Dynamo Kiev, 5-0 on Thursday afternoon. The hat trick takes Giroud to nine goals in as many games. Despite his success in Europe, he has just one Premier League goal this season, and has struggled to get starting minutes in league matches.

Either way, it’s a convincing win for a Chelsea team that looked on the verge of being coachless just a few weeks ago, and is now into the Europa League quarterfinals.

Rennes fight back to stun 10-man Arsenal in Europa League

Rennes fight back to stun 10-man Arsenal in Europa League Arsenal face a major battle if they are to reach the Europa League quarter-finals after a 3-1 defeat away to Rennes in France on Thursday, despite Alex Iwobi putting the Gunners ahead early on. Iwobi gave the Premier League side the perfect start in this last 16, first leg at a raucous Roazhon Park, but the match hinged on the sending-off of Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos four minutes before half-time. Benjamin Bourigeaud equalised moments later, and the hosts' second-half pressure paid off as a Nacho Monreal own goal put Rennes ahead before Ismaila Sarr's late header gave them a two-goal cushion in the tie.

Callum Hudson-Odoi bolstered his claims to start with a goal and an assist while Marcos Alonso scored Chelsea’s third of the day just before halftime.

UEFA to investigate Dynamo Kiev over alleged racist abuse of Chelsea star Hudson-Odoi.
A complaint lodged by the Blues on the back of a Europa League fixture will be investigated by an inspector from European football's governing body.

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