Chelsea forward Willian is denied by BATE Borisov goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski during last night’s Europa League Group L clash
OLIVIER Giroud scored his first Chelsea goal in 794 minutes as the Blues progressed to the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov.
Chelsea’s fourth win from as many Group L games – three of them 1-0 – was played out in freezing fog and memorable only for France World Cup winner Giroud’s first Blues goal since May’s win over Liverpool.
Elsewhere, Rangers let the lead slip three times in Russia as two goals in the space of a minute consigned Steven Gerrard’s side to a 4-3 defeat by Spartak Moscow.
An early own goal and strikes from Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton each put Rangers ahead and Alfredo Morelos had a goal ruled out for offside with the visitors 3-2 in front near the end of the first half.
But Luiz Adriano headed another equaliser in the 58th minute and Connor Goldson – who scored a first-half own goal – inadvertently diverted Sofiane Hanni’s strike into the net seconds later. Nikola Katic hit a post for Rangers in time added-on to an extraordinary game.
Celtic kept their qualification hopes alive in Group B with a hardearned 2-1 victory over RB Leipzig, with Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard on target, while Arsenal and Sporting Lisbon ended goalless in Group E.
Chelsea celebrate their winner