Olivier Giroud celebrates his first Chelsea goal since May
Olivier Giroud celebrates his first goal since May

Olivier Giroud’s first goal under Maurizio Sarri gave an unconvincing 1-0 win to at BATE Borisov to seal their progress.

are guaranteed to reach the last 32 from four, that wasn’t without difficulty in Belarus after their fourth win.

The hosts hit the woodwork in the two halves and defended , which proved problematic\.

But after the period, they opened the scoring by Giroud’s header by an Emerson cross (52) and, courtesy of a welcome clean sheet, kept up their 100 per cent record in this year.

Player evaluations

BATE: Scherbitski (7), Rios (6 ) ), Volkov (8), Filipenko (7 ) ), Filipovic (7 ) ), Hleb (7), Dragun (8), Baga (8), Skavysh (6 ) ), Signevich (6), Stasevich (6).

Subs: Tuominen (6), Moukam (5), Berezkin (n/a).

: Kepa (7), Zappacosta (5), Cahill (6 ) ), Christensen (6 ) ), Emerson (7), Barkley (5), Jorginho (6), Loftus-Cheek (5), Pedro (6), Giroud (7), Hazard (6).

Subs: Willian (6), Kovacic (6 ) ), Hudson-Odoi (n/a).

Man of the match: Zakhar Volkov

had much of the possession but creativity and were almost down a goal before they had settled when Dzmitry Baga struck the post out of range\.

As the people went to be level kepa \had to keep a header from Stanislav Dragun following a corner.

Immediately was a feeling of urgency in Sarri’s negative after spending most of the opening five minutes camped at the BATE half, they took the lead.

BATE lament their late near-miss
BATE lament their overdue near-miss

Jorginho’s first time overhaul was fizzed from broad towards Giroud by Emerson, along with the France striker header went for its opener underneath the despairing dive of Denis Scherbitski.

The Belarusian side, who had never beaten an British team on home soil, moved in immediate search of an equaliser and almost found it half an hour after falling behind, when Nilokai Signevich hit the bar afterwards turning Dagun’s long-range shot right into one of his own.

Once Signevich missed Ihar Stasevich’s cross, it allowed Alexei Rios that was full-back a chance to shoot into the box with a late run, when he must at least have hit on the goal but he smashed\.

Team news

Maurizio Sarri included Eden Hazard after his inaugural lay-off, but were overlooking David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Alvaro Morata in the group altogether, with Maurizio Sarri choosing to rest them at England.

threatened to move farther ahead with Giroud’s header from a corner and Ross Barkley’s long-range effort both forcing Scherbitski into saves, but the closest that the match came to a second target was in injury time, when BATE struck the woodwork for another time.

A corner in the dying moments had been half-cleared to replace Evgeni Berezkin, who uttered the post from outside the area\.

That narrow escape awakened BATE’s nighttime, as they were abandoned empty-handed from a solid performance against the only real side left in , but had more to smile about, and need just a point from their two remaining games to win Group L.

Opta truth

  • BATE Borisov have dropped on each of the 3 events they have hosted an English aspect in (additionally 1-2 vs at Oct 2009 and 2-4 vs in Sep 2017).
  • have won four consecutive matches in an competition for the first time since April 2012, when they moved on to win the .
  • Maurizio Sarri has won all 10 of his own group stage games as a manager, with his hands scoring 28 goals while conceding just four in return.
  • Three Englishmen began for against BATE (Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill, Ruben Loftus-Cheek), the most for the Blues in an competition since April 2014 vs (Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry).
  • Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for since netting against in May – he had gone 14 matches, 793 minutes and 24 shots without even scoring.

Person of the game – Zakhar Volkov

Volkov was a guy mountain for BATE at the back, winning a higher percentage and taking on eight duels. In addition, he made critical clearances, for example from a different Jorginho dinked through-ball which has already caught this season\.

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