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EUROPA LEAGUE: Chelsea through to the quarter finals after destroying Dynamo Kyiv

After winning the first leg 3-0, it was a tough ask for Dynamo Kyiv to make anything of this game, and it was clear to see the occasion was too much for them.

Olivier Giroud scored in the 5th minute, making a comeback look insurmountable, and Dynamo looked beaten there and then.

Giroud bagged his second and Marcos Alonso scored just before half-time to make it 3-0 going into the break, where it only got worse.

A third for Giroud and Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fourth in as many starts in the Europe League secured the rout.

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Giroud’s first was textbook.

It came from Willian’s out swinging corner, flicking off the head of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and finding the in-form Frenchman towards the far-post.

Just past the half-hour mark, Alonso and Loftus-Cheek elegantly broke Kyiv’s press, with the former crossing in from deep and put it on a plate for Giroud – who finished his dinner.

The provider turned finisher just before the interval, when Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley cut open the defence swiftly, with Alonso on the end of the cross.

At 3-0, Kyiv seemed to lose control, and Chelsea showed no mercy.

Giroud capped off his textbook game with another header, this time from a free-kick, glancing his header past Denys Boyko.

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Boyko was beaten for the final time when Hudson-Odoi surged through, and slotted it into the back of the net.

The result means an 8-0 Chelsea win on aggregate – their highest aggregate win in nearly 50 years – when they beat UN Käerjéng 97 (then Jeunesse Hautcharage) 21-0, the largest ever aggregate win in European history.

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Quotes

After the game, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri said:

“We started very well, and we wanted to start in this way.

We scored after five minutes which made it very difficult for our opponents, and we played a wonderful first half, managing the game well in the second half.”

The stars?

Olivier Giroud will grab the headlines for his hat-trick, but Callum Hudson-Odoi showed just why Bayern were prepared to spend £35m on him.

Hudson-Odoi was magnificent throughout and was Chelsea’s Catalyst.

Hopefully Sarri will start the 18-year old at the weekend, when Chelsea travel to Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Blues will hope to utilise this demolition to gain momentum and further their push for the top four, and another shot in the Champions League

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