Chelsea for­ward Wil­lian is de­nied by BATE Borisov goal­keeper De­nis Scher­bit­ski dur­ing last night’s Europa League Group L clash

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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.

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