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Olivier Giroud’s four goals helped Chelsea to an impressive victory against Sevilla on Wednesday night, securing their place as Group E winners in the process.
Frank Lampard marked the changes from the 0-0 draw with Tottenham at the weekend, with Giroud replacing Tammy Abraham up front. The four in the back were changed, while Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic also appeared early on.
The visitors took the lead when Giroud clipped his left foot and huddled in the far corner after the run and Havertz’s pass.
The Frenchman took his second in the second half with a serene dink before sealing the contest with a glare header. A late penalty gave the World Cup winner a remarkable fourth.
Both teams had sealed qualification for the round of 16 before the match, but the result means Chelsea lead the group with a match to spare, with Sevilla confirmed as runners-up.
Edouard Mendy (GK) – 6/10 – Claimed some crosses and made some stops. A relatively quiet night but another clean sheet for the summer signing.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – 7/10 – It only shows the depth that Chelsea has where Reece James can be eliminated and Azpilicueta recruited. Hit multiple times in midair, but decision making is still pretty sharp.
Andreas Christensen (CB) – 7/10 – Won most of their aerial duels, with a good distribution for the most part. It was not too tested by a forceful attack from Sevilla.
Antonio Rudiger (CB) – 8/10 – He had a header cleared from the line by Franco Vázquez. His cross passes to Callum Hudson-Odoi were happy to see. A solid screen.
Emerson Palmieri (LB) – 7/10 – Hardly a Chelsea fan favorite, but he did little wrong. He certainly did his part to keep Sevilla calm.
Kai Havertz (CM) – 7/10 – A good run from the German international allowed him to place Giroud on Chelsea’s first goal. He often seemed to haggle and had some joy throughout.
Jorginho (CM) – 7/10 – He made some tackles and was characterized by being comfortable with possession. A clean sheet will also do your confidence good.
Mateo Kovacic (CM) – 7/10 – Establish one of Giroud’s goals. He has a slight habit of fouling after losing possession, but technically he was fine all night.
Callum Hudson-Odoi (RW) – 7/10 – Some strong running and smart off-the-ball moves helped Chelsea’s attack. He diligently carried out his defensive duties. Somewhat overshadowed by Giroud, but performing well.
Olivier Giroud (ST) – 10/10 – Absolutely brilliant. He gave the visitors the perfect start with a strong shot in the eighth minute and grabbed a second with a deft chip. He completed a perfect hat trick with a good header and scored a fourth on a late penalty. The highest score.
Christian Pulisic (LW) – 6/10 – He looked strong from the start, landing a shot just wide before Giroud’s goal before forcing Sevilla goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor to save with a low shot. Still improving his fitness, but a pretty decent demonstration.
Hakim Ziyech – 5/10
Mason assembly – 6/10
N’Golo Kante – 7/10 – He went in and prepared Giroud for his third with a beautiful cross.
Timo Werner – 6/10
Billy Gilmour – 6/10 – A long-awaited return in a perfect situation for the young Scotsman.