Chelsea ran out 0-5 winners in Kiev in this Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg, giving us a fantastic 0-8 aggregate score overall and a place in the Quarter Finals of the competition.
After winning the First Leg 3-0, it would have been criminal to have thrown the tie away. Maurizio Sarri called the game “dangerous”, but it was pretty much done and dusted after five minutes when Olivier Giroud scored from a corner played in by Willian; this made it 0-4 overall. The early goal settled nerves and boosted confidence.
The second came from a sweeping move by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who calmly played the ball to Marcos Alonso on the left who crossed for Giroud to get his second and to make it 0-5 overall. Giroud has been prolific in the Europa League this season and after Marcos Alonso scored just before half time with a simple tap in, Giroud banged in his hat-trick on the 59th minute and his ninth of the competition so far this season – let’s hope that there’s more to come.
It left Callum Hudson-Odoi to hold off the Kiev defender and to slot past Boyko in the Kiev goal for the fifth of the night. The 0-8 aggregate is our second best aggregate score in Europe; the best aggregate score being 21-0 back in 1971/72 against Jeunesse Hautcharage of Luxembourg.
We now face Slavia Prague in the Quarter Final with the eventual winners of that game playing either Eintracht Frankfurt, or 2013 competition runners-up, Benfica, who, as we all know, lost to Chelsea.
Dynamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedizora, Burda, Kádár, Mykolenko, Shepelev, Sydorchuk, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Ferreira Pereira, Harmash
Chelsea: Azpilicueta, Zappacosta, Rüdiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian.
Scorers: Giroud (5, 33, 59) Alonso (45+1) Hudson-Odoi (78)
Referee: Tobias Stieler