Giroud scores four to confirm Chelsea’s Group E top spot


Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea

Olivier Giroud becomes first Chelsea player to score four goals in a game since Blues boss Frank Lampard in a 7-1 win over Aston Villa in March 2010; Chelsea guaranteed to top Group E after fourth victory from five Champions League games

Olivier Giroud gave Frank Lampard a reminder of his qualities with four goals – including a perfect hat-trick – that helped Chelsea confirm top spot in Group E with a 4-0 win at Sevilla.

Sevilla, who had only lost once to an English side at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, fell behind inside eight minutes to a much-changed Chelsea as Kai Havertz was allowed to run 40 yards from his own half before teeing up Giroud, who beat debutant goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor with a curling finish into the top corner.

Giroud made it two nine minutes into the second half, feinting to shoot with his first touch and expertly dispatching his second goal with his next.

The hosts had made eight changes and rarely threatened Edouard Mendy’s goal, instead falling further behind with 16 minutes to go when N’Golo Kante’s excellent cross was nodded into the far corner by Giroud for a perfect hat-trick.

The Frenchman, who became the first Chelsea player to score four in one game since his manager in 2010, then scored a penalty with his final touch of the game, as Chelsea secured top spot in their Champions League group in style.

Player ratings

Sevilla: Pastor (6), Navas (5), Gomez (3), Carlos (4), Rekik (6), Rakitic (6), Gudelj (5), Oscar (6), Vazquez (5), En-Neayri (5), Idrissi (5).

Subs: Kounde (5), Ocampos (5), Jordan (5), Munir (5), Torres (5).

Chelsea: Mendy (7), Azpilicueta (7), Rudiger (8), Christensen (7), Emerson (7), Kovacic (8), Jorginho (7), Havertz (7), Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (10), Pulisic (6).

Subs: Kante (7), Mount (6), Ziyech (7), Werner, Gilmour (n/a).

Man of the match: Olivier Giroud