Europa League news: Chelsea vs BATE, Olivier Giroud, goal, goal drought, Chelsea news

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Chelsea are through to the knockout stages of the Europa League with a goal from striker Olivier Giroud securing a 1-0 win over BATE Borisov on Thursday.

Chelsea’s fourth win from as many Group L games was played out in freezing fog and memorable only for France World Cup winner Giroud’s first Blues goal since May’s win over Liverpool.

Giroud ends 794 min drought!

Giroud ends 794 min drought!

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BATE, comfortably beaten last month in London, struck the woodwork three times and Eden Hazard’s services were required for longer than anticipated in Belarus. Manager Maurizio Sarri was gesticulating wildly in his technical area as frustration built, before Chelsea scored.

Emerson Palmieri found Giroud who beat Denis Scherbitski at the near post for the all important goal.



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