Giroux’s quad guarantees Chelsea’s lead in Group 5 and Dortmund’s qualification for the 6 – sport – international stadiums

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(MENAFN – Al-Bayan) Date: December 03, 2020 Striker Olivier Giroud scored four goals to lead Chelsea to a 4-0 home win over Sevilla on Wednesday and secure top spot in Group E in the UEFA Champions League before a round to the end.

Chelsea raised its score to 13 points from five matches, three points ahead of Seville, and is ahead of the Spanish team in direct confrontations after a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea coach Frank Lampard brought in a new squad with three players behind Giroud, and the risk paid off.

Giroud opened the scoring in the eighth minute after Kai Havertz’s kick-off and Chelsea missed two chances in the first half.

The match went one-way in the second half, with Giro doubling the lead in the 54th minute with a shot past goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor after a pass from Matteo Kovacic.

The French striker made the score 3-0 in the 74th minute with a header after substitute Ngolo Kante’s cross pass and concluded the quartet with a penalty kick awarded after an intervention by Serge Gomez.

Sevilla, who had secured qualification for the Round of 16 with Chelsea since last week, performed modestly and only had Nemanja Godley’s shot that went over the goal.

In Group Six, the German team Borussia Dortmund qualified for the round of sixteen in the European Champions League, after a 1-1 draw with its Italian guest Lazio in the fifth round, which saw Belgian Club Brugge win 3-0 against Russian Zenit.

Dortmund raised its score to ten points at the top of the standings, to ensure its qualification for the next round, while Lazio will have to wait for the final round of the competition, which will be collected by Club Brugge, third-placed, to determine the identity of the second qualifier alongside the German team.

Dortmund advanced through Rafael Guerrero in the 44th minute, before Ciro Immobile scored the equalizer for Lazio in the 68th minute from a penalty kick.

Lazio are second with nine points, one point behind Dortmund.

In the second match, Club Brugge revived its hopes of reaching the last 16 after beating Russia’s Zenit 3-0.

Brugge advanced through Charles in the 34th minute, before Hans Vanaken scored the second goal in the 59th minute, while Noa Lange added the third goal in the 74th minute.

Club Brugge raised its score to seven points in third place in the group, so that the next match in which he will be a guest of Lazio is fateful, as he must win to cross the next round, while Lazio is enough to draw.

On the other hand, Zenit is last with only one point.

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