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BATE 0-1 Chelsea: Giroud ends goal drought to send Blues through

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Olivier Giroud scored his first club goal since May - and his first under boss Maurizio Sarri - to ensure Chelsea wrapped up qualification for the Europa League knockout stages.

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Match Events

12' CLOSE! Baga's shot off the post

BATE survive a cross and go up the other end, hitting the post! Dragun passes inside to Baga, whose skimming shot rattles Kepa's left-hand post! So nearly for the Belarusians!

13' CHANCE! Dragun's header saved

Jorginho concedes a corner for BATE and now Chelsea have to clear the ball off the line after Dragun's header forces a save from Kepa! BATE could easily be a goal ahead already. They've started very brightly indeed.

52'GOAL! BATE 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud)

Jorginho's over-the-top pass is cut out but BATE can't clear and the Italy international gets another chance. Emerson quickly receives the ball and whips in a fantastic cross for Giroud, who heads the ball low past Scherbitski at his near post.

58' WHAT A CHANCE! Stasevich cracks the ball off the bar from 12 yards

BATE hit the post again! Dragun's shot from distance is blocked. The midfielder then finds Signevich in Chelsea's area and his shot bounces off Kepa's right post from close range. The striker holds his head but his distress is relieved by the knowledge that he was offside anyway. 

Match Report

Olivier Giroud's first goal under Maurizio Sarri sealed Chelsea's progression to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win at BATE on Wednesday.

France striker Giroud headed in Emerson Palmieri's cross in the 52nd minute to decide a tentative contest and break his club drought dating back to May.

BATE, who hit the woodwork three times, would have been deserving of a point, but will now seek to revive their hopes in their next meeting with Vidi, who edged PAOK 1-0.

Line-ups

BATE XI: Alyaksandr Hleb, Egor Filipenko, A. Rios, I. Stasevich, D. Baga, M. Skavysh, Stanislav Dragun, N. Signevich, Aleksandar Filipovic, D. Scherbitski, Z. Volkov

Subs: Denis Polyakov, H. Moukam, M. Ivanić, Jasse Tuominen, E. Yablonski, Y. Berezkin, A. Chichkan

Chelsea XI: G. Cahill, E. Hazard, O. Giroud, Pedro, Barkley, Jorginho, Emerson, Kepa, Zappacosta, A. Christensen, R. Loftus-Cheek

Subs: Willian, Azpilicueta, W. Caballero, M. Kovačić, N. Kanté, Ampadu, Callum Hudson-Odoi