A brilliant brilliant from Belarusian side Bate Borisov was not enough to take points against Chelsea as Olivier Giroud‘s header is the difference at Borisov Arena this evening. Baga hit the post and Kepa made a massive save in a tough first half.
Chelsea marked his first shot of the game through Emerson in the 37th minute. Stasevich and Rios both went close to scoring earlier in the second period, after the Chelsea striker put the Blues in front. Willian came on for Hazard with 30 minutes left to go, Bate hit another post from a last-minute corner.
Despite several chances wasted from the hosts, Chelsea got a vital win to book their place into the last 32 of Europa League with two games in hand.
FC Vidi win against Greek side PAOK means that Chelsea still need to earn at least one point to secure the 1st place in their group.
More to follow…
CHELSEA – Kepa; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Emerson; Barkley, Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek (Kovacic 64′); Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 84′), Giroud, Hazard (Willian 6’1).
BATE – Scherbitski; Rios, Volkov, Filipenko, Filipovic; Baga, Dragun, Hleb (Berezkin 80′); Skavysh (Moukam 75′), Signevich (Tuominen 72′), Stasevich
Scorers: Olivier Giroud 52′
BATE Borisov 0-1 Chelsea FT:
Pass accuracy: 67%-89%
Chances created: 5-14
Oliver Giroud’s first club goal for over six months secures three points for Chelsea in Belarus. pic.twitter.com/PLDli0rgPQ
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