Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Giroud ends goal drought, sends Chelsea through in Europa League

Giroud ends goal drought, sends Chelsea through in Europa League

BATE had no such difficulty at the other end and the home side nearly went ahead in the 12th minute through Dzmitry Baha, but the midfielder's 25-yard strike hit the post with Kepa Arrizabalaga beaten.

"It is mentally challenging (playing after a teammate is injured) but sometimes it comes with the game, and Danny has had a lot of injuries", winger Alex Iwobi told BT Sport. He needed to receive oxygen before he was taken to hospital. Ten-man Sevilla won 3-2 at Akhisar thanks to a late penalty, but Anderlecht was eliminated.

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri was relieved to advance in the Europa League after enduring a disappointing performance from his team while battling a fever in Belarus.

"I had fever", Sarri said.

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"I know very well a striker wants to score".

"I am surprised how he has adapted if I think back to the first month, but not if I think of the last two months. They were unlucky and could have drawn the match".

While Morata managed just two goals in 20 games before finding the net four times in his last four appearances, Giroud's strike in the win over BATE was his maiden goal of the season and his first since May.

Group rivals Vidi kept their qualification hopes alive with a 1-0 home victory over PAOK Salonika.

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Aubameyang, who replaced the injured Welbeck in the 30th minute, missed a string of scoring chances.

Arsenal tops Group E with 10 points, three ahead of Sporting.

Drogba who plays for and co-owns Phoenix Rising - suffered heartbreak as his side lost 1-0 to Louisville City in the USL Cup final, his final game.

While the former Juventus striker netted seven times in seven games to make an electric start to his Blues career, the Spain worldwide managed just three times in their last 24 appearances in all competitions. "Then he started to improve in every training, in every match".

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Salzburg, semi-finalists last season, qualified for the next round with a 5-2 thrashing of Rosenborg in the group's other match, as Japanese forward Takumi Minamino scored a hat-trick.

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