Giroud Hat-Trick Fires Chelsea Past Kiev; Napoli, Valencia Also advance

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                    <div class="post-body-inner">Oliver Giroud scored a hat-trick for Chelsea who qualified for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League in grand style dispatching Dynamo Kiev 5-0 in the second leg round of of their Round of 16 tie to advance 8-0 on aggregate, reports <strong><em></em></strong>.

The Blues had in the first leg at Stamford Bridge thrashed the Ukrainian side 3-0 last Thursday.

Giroud’s hat-trick took his tally to 10 in nine games for the Blues in the Europa League while Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also got on the scoresheet.

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The France striker gave Chelsea an early lead in the fifth minute when he finished off a flick header from Ruben Loftus-Cheek off a corner from Willian.

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Giroud doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 33rd minute tapping in a cross from Alonso from the left flank.

Chelsea were 3-0 up when Alonso finished off a brilliant Chelsea team play from close range which involved Callum Hudson Odoi and Giroud inside the Dynamo Kiev’s box.

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Giroud completed his hat-trick on the hour mark when he headed in Willian’s cross. Hudson-Odoi made it 5-0 in the 78th minute when he raced in behind to meet a through ball from Giroud, and no one could catch him before finishing beyond Denys Boyko. The goal was his fifth in the competition for Chelsea.

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In Russia, Goncalo Guedes scored in added time to earn Valencia a 1-1 draw with FC Krasnodar in the second leg clash played at the Krasnodar Stadium to advance 3-2 on aggregate. Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov scored the opener five minutes from time. The Spanish side had won the first leg 2-1.

SS Napoli also advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win over Salzburg despite losing 3-1 in the second leg tie in Austria. Napoli won the first leg 3-0.

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Goals from Munas Dabbur, Fredrik Gulbrandsen and Christoph Leitgeb cancelled out an early opener from Arkadiusz Milik for Napoli.

The draws for the quarter-final, semi-final will hold on Friday, March 15.

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