Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea thrashed Dynamo Kiev to transfer into the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 combination snatch.
The France forward’s early effort from Willian’s nook situation the tone for the Blues, who arrived in Kiev with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg.
Giroud swept in his 2d of the evening from Marcos Alonso’s gorgeous unfriendly to register his eighth blueprint within the competition this season.
With the company in whole control, Alonso tapped in a third blueprint from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s unfriendly earlier than the fracture.
Kiev captain Serhiy Sydorchuk went cease to a consolation for the hosts within the 2d length, hitting the post from cease fluctuate.
But Giroud done his hat-trick with a header from one other Willian nook, earlier than Hudson-Odoi’s placed effort set the gloss on a dominant exhibit.
Chelsea will take a look at their quarter-final and doable semi-final opponents on Friday at 12:00 GMT.
Giroud’s perfect evening
While Giroud has began very absolute best two Premier League suits for Chelsea within the past four months, he has relished his outings within the Europa League.
Since his final domestic blueprint in opposition to Tottenham on 24 November 2018, the 32-one year-previous has scored eight dreams in seven appearances in Europe.
And one other clinical performance ensured he left the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as the Europa League’s high scorer with nine dreams.
One-contact finishes for his first two dreams of the evening demonstrated his prowess from cease fluctuate, giving home goalkeeper Denys Boyko no likelihood.
Alertness and anticipation allowed him to manual Willian’s nook past the Kiev keeper for his first blueprint from spherical six yards out.
And his plug created the condominium for him to join powerfully with Alonso’s unfriendly to thump in a 2d from the centre of the hosts’ penalty condominium.
His final effort, a header from one other Willian nook, also highlighted his aerial threat as he capitalised on shoddy marking to seal a “perfect” hat-trick, comprising of simply-foot, left-foot and headed dreams.
Europa League favourites?
Maurizio Sarri gained plaudits for his kind of play at feeble membership Napoli however regardless of his impressive reputation, he has yet to grab a trophy as a manager.
The Europa League represents an opportunity for him to entire his first season as Chelsea boss with silverware and this was a performance to counsel he would possibly create very absolute best that.
No matter naming a team that contained seven adjustments from their 1-1 scheme in opposition to Wolves, there was a fluidity about Sarri’s aspect as they rapidly stamped their authority on the competition.
Giroud’s early blueprint positively helped however their listing of absentees, which included Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard, made this your whole more impressive.
And the emphatic nature of the stay outcome can even attend as a warning to the diversified clubs within the quarter-finals.
Quiet unbeaten within the competition, Sarri’s aspect had began the evening as the bookmakers’ favourites and by corpulent-time the percentages on them repeating their 2012-13 success had shortened extra.
Man of the match – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
‘We performed an handsome first half’ – what they stated
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri talking to BT Sport:“We began totally. We wanted to start in this vogue.
“We scored after 5 minutes which was a truly subtle field for the opponents. We performed an handsome first half and managed the game within the 2d half.”
On Ruben Loftus-Cheek he stated:“He did totally. He’s improving within the final month. He has been ready to prepare after the field with the again. He had an handsome match and I’m if truth be told at ease he would possibly even play for 90 minutes.
“His doable as a player is extremely, very high. Bodily, technically and tactically he’s improving, he can turn out to be one among the absolute best midfielders now now not only in England however in Europe.”
Chelsea resume their Premier League obligations after they scamper back and forth to Everton on Sunday 17 March (16:30 GMT).