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Europa League: Chelsea & Arsenal in action

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Europa League: Chelsea & Arsenal in action

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Olivier Giroud celebrates

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Summary

  1. Early Giroud strike puts Chelsea 4-0 up on aggregate
  2. Blues make seven changes from weekend – Hudson-Odoi among starters
  3. Arsenal must overturn 3-1 deficit against Rennes (20:00 GMT)
  4. Quarter-final draw takes place on Friday

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Chelsea have a very strong bench so it’s not like Maurizio Sarri can bring on any more youngsters. Ross Barkley probably the ‘least experienced’ option.

    Another chance for the Blues but Olivier Giroud’s chipped pass over the keeper can’t find N’Golo Kante, who had done well in the build-up, or Willian.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    A good switch of pace from Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek to get past one man but he runs into another.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Dynamo have a free but Viktor Tsygankov just blasts it into the wall like he thought the Chelsea players might have been holograms. They aren’t.

  4. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    As I say that Kiev have a disallowed goal, Denys Harmash runs in behind the Chelsea defence and clips the ball over Kepa.

    But he was well offside. We wouldn’t even have needed VAR if it was available.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    This game is turning into a non-event really. The BBC football desk chat right now is about whether you say VAR as three letters or a word rhyming with car.

    Not even the first time we’ve had that discussion. And there isn’t even VAR in the Europa League.

  6. Napoli heading through

    Red Bull Salzburg 0-1 Napoli (agg: 0-4)

    Napoli are cruising into the quarter-finals as they have just grabbed an away goal against Red Bull Salzburg. It’s that man Arkadiusz Milik again with the goal.

    Arkadiusz Milik scores

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    Arkadiusz Milik celebrates

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    Rob: Ruben Loftus-Cheek scuffs a header and it ends up being a nice assist for Olivier Giroud

    Jon: Loads of Rennes fans outside Highbury and Islington. I hope Arsenal are buzzing as much as they are tonight.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    The crowd roar as Viktor Tsygankov runs onto a long ball down the right for Kiev (Marcos Alonso nowhere to be seen) but his low cross is cut out by a Chelsea defender.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Olivier Giroud is now the joint top scorer in this season’s Europa League with seven. Red Bull Salzburg’s Munas Dabbur and Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder also have seven.

    Chelsea players celebrate

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Olivier Giroud has another crack but this time his header from Willian’s corner is easily saved.

    Olivier Giroud heads at goal

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Almost a second for Chelsea as Marcos Alonso picks out Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the box, he jinks past a couple of defenders and his low shot is palmed wide by Denys Boyko.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    You can see the dodgy pitch break up under Willian’s feet as he runs with the ball. Like ice cracking on a lake.

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    Olivier Giroud has either scored or assisted in each of his last four starts for Chelsea – three goals and one assist).

    Olivier Giroud celebrates

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Dynamo Kiev would need to score five goals now because of the away goal rule.

    If this was the Champions League then I might believe it could happen…

  15. GOAL – Dynamo Kiev 0-1 Chelsea (0-4 agg)

    Olivier Giroud

    Olivier Giroud just makes sure there is zero chance of any real drama in Ukraine.

    Willian’s corner is flicked on by the head of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Giroud pops up six yards out to turn the ball home.

    Tie over.

    Olivier Giroud scores

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea (0-3 agg)

    Antonio Rudiger half-clears the corner and Mykola Shaparenko completely air-kicks the ball from the edge of the box.

    They still haven’t had a shot on target in this tie.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea (0-3 agg)

    An early Dynamo goal might make things interesting. And Davide Zappacosta does well to turn a dangerous free-kick over his own bar.

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    Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea (0-3 agg)

    Chelsea straight on the attack but Willian’s left-wing cross is chested away.

  19. KICK-OFF

    Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Chelsea (0-3 agg)

    We are under way in Ukraine.

    Maurizio Sarri

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  20. Post update

    A 7-0 defeat by Manchester City has cost Schalke’s manager his job.

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