Dynamo Kyiv 0-5 Chelsea (0-8 agg): Europa League last 16, second leg – as it happened

Olivier Giroud netted a hat-trick in a dominant Chelsea win that booked their place in the Europa League quarter-finals

Full-time: Dynamo Kyiv 0-5 Chelsea (agg: 0-8)

That could not hardly have gone better for Chelsea. They bossed the match from start to finish, demonstrating their total superiority over limited opponents. There was some snappy interplay, smart finishes and some fine individual performances amid a collective success: Giroud netted a hat-trick, Loftus-Cheek and Willian were excellent and Hudson-Odoi had some fine moments, including a goal. If Chelsea are to win the Europa League and reach next season’s Champions League, more performances like this will be in order, though the opposition will become much tougher than poor Kyiv.

Azpilicueta applauds the fans after Chelsea beat Dynamo Kyiv.0-5.
Azpilicueta applauds the fans after Chelsea beat Dynamo Kyiv.0-5. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters


90 min: There will be at least two more minutes.

88 min: Hudson-Odoi swings in a corner from the left. It’s headed out for a throw-in on the far side.

85 min: The home fans still shriek with excitement every time their team nears the Chelsea box. It would be lovely to see them score, but Chelsea haven’t come for romance and they don’t look like they’re going to let it happen. They want to crush their opponents, which is a thoroughly admirable attitude in sport.

83 min: Excellent work by Kovacic in midfield, muscling his man off the ball and then spinning and playing an astute pass towards Hudson-Odoi. But it was inches too long, otherwise the youngster would have been in for another goal.

Kyiv substitution: Smirniy on, Sidcley off

GOAL! Kyiv 0-5 Chelsea (Hudson-Odoi 78) (agg: 0-8)

This time Giroud is the provider, playing a lovely ball from midfield to Hudson-Odoi, who had made a smart run. The youngster then keeps his composure to slot the ball past the advancing keeper.

Hudson-Odoi scores Chelsea’s fifth goal.
Hudson-Odoi scores Chelsea’s fifth goal. Photograph: Efrem Lukatsky/AP


76 min: Chelsea are doing their utmost to preserve their clean sheet, while Dynamo want a goal to show they’re not quitters. It’s making for quite a heady finale even though the tie has long been over.

Chelsea substitution: Pedro on, Willian off.

73 min: This time it’s Chelsea who curtail an attack illegally. Azpilicueta gets a deserved booking for pulling Tché Tché’s shirt after being beaten. The freekick from the left is cleared.

71 min: Alonso’s freekick flies a couple of yards wide of the near post.

70 min: Another Chelsea attack leads inevitably to another freekick, this time Kovacic is the player clobbered. It’s about 25 yards, between the D and the right-hand corner of the box.

Chelsea substitution: Azpilicueta on, Zappacosta off. The Italian appears to have picked up an injury. Perhaps a muscle strain. He looks uncomfortable as he trudges off.


67 min: Garmash does well to get in front of Rüdiger to meet a cross from the right, but he can’t guide it on target.

66 min: Lovely interplay between Willian and Loftus-Cheek in midfield. Both have been very good today, other than a few botched final balls from Willian.

Chelsea substitution: Jorginho on, Kanté off.

Kyiv substitution: Tche Tche on, Sydorchuk off.

64 min: Another Chelsea attack yields another freekick - Dynamo are having to resort to fouls to stop them. Willian delivers from the left, and Rüdiger narrowly fails to apply a decisive touch from close range.

62 min: From just outside the D, Alonso curls the freekick over the wall ... and Boyko hurls himself across goal to touch it on to the angle of crossbar and post! Fine freekick, even better save!

61 min: Hudson-Odoi picks up the in midfield and gallops straight for the opposing box. Mykolenko chips him down at the edge of the area. Another dangerous freekick for Chelsea, this time in shooting range ...

GOAL! Kyiv 0-4 Chelsea (Giroud 59) (agg: 0-7)

Willian clips in the freekick from the right, and Giroud is free to guide a header into the net from six yards. That’s his hat-trick, easy as you like.

Giroud heads home for Chelsea’s fourth and his hat-trick.
Giroud heads home for Chelsea’s fourth and his hat-trick. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images


58 min: Zappacosta makes ground down the right before being taken down by Mykolenko. Chelsea have a freekick in a dangerous crossing position.

56 min: Mykolenko catches out Zappacosta as the defneder tried to play his way out of the back. Luckily for Zappacosta, Kyiv then misplaced what might have been an attempted through-ball.

55 min: Chelsea try to dampen the locals’ fervour with a bout of keep-ball.

53 min: Giddiness is building among the home crowd as their team start to show they might gt a goal, at least. This is by their best spell of the tie.

51 min: Suddenly Arrizabalaga is in the thick of it! He makes a routine save from a long range shot, but 30 seconds later Kyiv come again and go much close. Tsygankov pulled the ball back from the right byline to Sydorchuk, whose shot from six yards is saved by Arrizabalaga. Sydorchuk tries to sidefoot the rebound past the keeper and into the net... but it bounces out off the butt of the post!

50 min: Myolenko tries to land a shot on target from nearly 30 yards. But it’s blocked before it even makes it into the box. Poor Arrizabalega could have done with a bit of action just to warm himself up.

48 min: Loftus-Cheek wins possession in midfield and strides forward on another purposeful run. He then offloads to Giroud, who’s soon crowded out.

46 min:The teams are back out to complete the formality of the second half. No personnel changes have been mad during the interval.

Half-time: Dynamo Kyiv 0-3 Chelsea (agg: 0-6)

Chelsea, unperturbed by the pitch, have royally outclassed their hosts. They have been in charge from the start and look like they could score as many goals as they want. This tie is done.

GOAL! Kyiv 0-3 Chelsea (Alonso 45+1) (Agg: 0-6)

More confirmation of Chelsea’s dominance, as Alonso stabs into the net from two yards after Hudson-Odoi teed him up following a snappy one-two with Giroud.

Alonso scores Chelsea’s third.
Alonso scores Chelsea’s third. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


44 min: Willian’s corner is put behind for another, Kidziora heading it wide before Rüdiger could connect.

43 min: Alonso wins a corner on the left after another zesty move by Chelsea. They’re lording it over their hosts here.

41 min: Hudson-Odoi zips a nice pass in to Giroud, but this time the striker’s touch is hefty. Otherwise he would have been in for a hat-trick. “For me Giroud joins Ashley Cole and Nicolas Anelka as players I have almost completely forgotten once played for Arsenal,” chirps Drew Chappell. “As a Chelsea player he’s been reliable, hard-working and a genuinely nice bloke from what I’ve seen.” Drew sent that message by email, because social media algorithms forbid gentle praise.

39 min: Garmash slices an attempted clearance, almost sending a corner by Willian into his own goal! Boyko tips it over the bar for another corner. Giroud gets on the end of this one but nods over from close range.

36 min: This would be a perfect time to spring some youngsters from the bench - such as Ampadu - but there are none on it, as Sarri filled it with big guns just in case this match started to go awry. That’s how important this competition has become to Chelsea, and the very fact he allowed for the possibility of Chelsea getting themselves into trouble shows he is still not fully convinced by his powers of motivation over them. But they’ve been spot on today.


34 min: That goal, by the way, came from the left, which is where Chelsea have made the majority of their gains. Hudson-Odoi has not been as heavily involved down the right.

GOAL! Kyiv 0-2 Chelsea (Giroud 32) (agg: 0-5)

It’s yet another goal in this competition for Giroud - his eighth this season - and it came from a wonderful pass by Alonso from the left after Loftus-Cheek began the move in midfield. Giroud was left with a straightforward finish from 15 yards and he made no mistake.

Giroud celebrates scoring his second goal with Willian.
Giroud celebrates scoring his second goal with Willian. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters


30 min: Got to hand it to the home crowd: they continue to make a mighty din despite the utter hopelessness of their team’s predicament.

27 min: Kanté hares down the right, the cuts in-field and spots a clever run by Giroud, who he slips in. Giroud takes it to the byline and then chips it back towars his compatriot, who had continued his run in the hope of getting on the end of jsut such a pass. But he’s foiled by Kedziora, who makes an acrobatic clearance right in front of his own goal.

25 min: Dynamo have got a foothold in the game, insofar as they’re having a fair bit of possession now. But they still do not look capable of prising open the visitors, who so far do not look like lapsing into complacency.

23 min: Tsygankov dabs a lame freekick into the wall.

23 min: Freekick to Dynamo in a reasonable shooting position - about 25 yards out, to the left of the D.

21 min: Garmash pokes the ball into the net after running beyond Christensen to collect a pass. But he was way offside and Arrizabalega barely tried to make a save, knowing the effort wouldn’t stand.

19 min: The crowd are whistling in an effort to put Chelsea off. Worth a try, I suppose, since nothing their team has tried has worked. Chelsea are making this look very easy.

16 min: The crowd leap to their feet in anticipation as Tysgankov hurtles down the right. But his cross is weak. Chelsea zoom straight down the other end and get themselves into an even better crossing position. But William’s cross is just as bad.

14 min: Chelsea file back and take a breather, safe in the knowledge that Kyiv can’t do them any harm with the ball. Sure enough, Dynamo play it around in front of them for a while before Kanté decides to step in and take it back.

12 min: Alonso slips a pass through to the underlapping Loftus-Cheek, who tries to fire low into the far corner. The keeper makes a good save, pushing it around for another corner. Willian delivers another outswinger. Giroud meets it with his head but it’s a comfortable save for Boyko.

Giroud heads at goal.
Giroud heads at goal. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images


10 min: Willian, wide on the left, nudges the ball past the defender and chases after it, but his nudge was too heavy. Nevermind, he can blame the pitch. That’s the upside of dodgy pitches.

8 min: Chelsea are in cruise control now. That early goal has deflated Kyiv and their priority now is to avoid a pummelling. Chelsea have a glide in their stride.

6 min: That was Giroud’s seventh goal in seven Europa League matches this season. Is he going to fire them to the Champions League? “I think qualifying through the league position would rely on other results far too much given our wobbly form and agree a Europa League win seems a bit more straightforward, though by no means easy,” reckons Ray Speakeasy. “Plus, it seems that’s the only way we’ll see Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek so Europa it is!”

GOAL! Kyiv 0-1 Chelsea (Giroud 5) (Agg: 0-4)

Willian sends over an outswinging corner. Alonso heads it on at the near post and Giroud taps into the net rom six yards. That’s the tie sealed, surely!

Giroud scores the opener for Chelsea.
Giroud scores the opener for Chelsea. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters
And looks to the sky in celebration.
And looks to the sky in celebration. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images


5 min: Giroud charges down an attempted clearance by Kadar and then battles to win a throw-in wide on the right. Bright play by the man in yellow.

4 min: A foul by Rüdiger gievs Kyiv a chance to deliver a freekick from the left. IT’s pinged in nicely, forcing Zappacosta to turn it behind for a corner. Kyiv takes it short before Shepeliev sends over another dangerous cross from the left. Rüdiger nuts it away. An encouraging bit of pressure there from the hosts.

2 min: Chelsea hog possession but not easily - the pitch does look a trifle bobbly.

1 min: Chelsea kick off, and within seconds Williams delivers a cross from the left. Kyiv whack it clear.

Here come the teams. It’s a col five degrees in Kyiv and the crowd are in vibrant form by the sounds of it. The hosts are in white, Chelsea are wearing buttery yellow shirts and shorts with blue socks - the colours of Ukraine, as it happens.

The managers greet before kick-off.
The managers greet before kick-off. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters


Chelsea are sixth place in the Premier League, three points behind arsenal with a match in hand. Their remaining domestic fixtures include a trips to Liverpool and fifth-place Manchester United. So here’s the question: do they have a better chance of reaching next season’s Champions League through the Premier League or by winning the Europa League? I’m saying the latter, simply because it probably entails winning fewer games (from this point).

Sarri speaks

“If we think we have already won it’s really very dangerous. So I said to them to play to win. If we win the match, qualification will be secured. The pitch is not in good condition. That’s a problem more for us but it’s for 22 players.”



Kyiv: Boyko; Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shepeliev; Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley; Garmash

Subs: Bushchan, Tché, Andriyevsky, Bueno, Shabanov, Smimiy, Albekov

Chelsea: Arrizabalega; Zappacosta, Rüdiger, Chistensen, Alonso; Kanté, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek; Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian

Subs: Cabellero, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jorginho, Barkley, Pedro Hazard

Referee: T Stieler (Ger)



Carefree? Not Chelsea. They may go into this game with a 3-0 lead from the first leg but the Premier League side have a lot on their mind. For a start, Maurizio Sarri has denounced the pitch in Kyiv as “a disaster … really dangerous” and fears his players are at risk of serious injury. That, as much as their advantage from the first leg, is why he may omit some regular starters today, especially with a tricky game at Everton to come on the domestic front, where Chelsea are lagging in the race for the top four. Gonzalo Higuain, however, is out because of illness. Everton, by the way, may also be on Kyiv minds: because they were the opponents the last time the Ukrainian side overturned a first-leg deficit to advance. That was in 2015 and they had only lost the first match 2-1, but some inspiration for the hosts, all the same. Let’s see what good it does them today.