PARIS – Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea cruised into the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 aggregate thrashing of Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, while Napoli also booked a last-eight spot.
After a 3-0 victory in last week’s last-16 first leg at Stamford Bridge, 2013 winners Chelsea were even more dominant in Kiev, despite manager Maurizio Sarri ringing the changes, thumping the Ukrainians 5-0.
The Premier League giants are bidding for a first trophy under the Italian after losing last month’s English League Cup final to Manchester City, and hoping to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League.
Giroud, who is yet to start in the Premier League in 2019 after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, netted a first-half double, before Marcos Alonso slid home a third on the stroke of halftime.
Frenchman Giroud completed his first Chelsea hat trick by heading home Willian’s free kick just before the hour mark, and is now the leading scorer in this year’s competition with nine goals.