Giroud’s late header seals early qualification to Champions League last 16

Nov, 25th 2020 – Chelsea sealed their progress to the Champions League knockout stage with two games to spare as Olivier Giroud’s late header secured victory at Rennes. Just six minutes earlier, Rennes looked to have denied Chelsea when Serhou Guirassy headed home from a corner to cancel out Callum Hudson-Odoi’s opener.

Speaking to BT Sport, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said, “I’m very happy to qualify with two games to spare. It was a really tough match, they’re a very good team. Their recent form doesn’t reflect how good they are, it was a tough, hard-fought win.”

He added, “We have to prioritize the game in front of us but we’re aware of where we are in the league and that Sunday is a big game. It always will be because of the rivalry and they are a great team and now it’s just about preparing well. They’ll have a day off tomorrow and then come Thursday morning we’ll start thinking about Spurs properly.”

In the other UCL results Manchester United returned to winning ways this time getting their revenge as they beat Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 at old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandez got two goals with Rashford converting a penalty before substitute Daniel James sealed the win. Barcelona beat Dynamo Kiev 4-0 and  Ronaldo and Morata scored in each half as Juventus overcame Ferencvarosi 2-1.

PSG managed a one nil win over RBLeipzig , Lazio beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-1 and Sevilla were 2-1 winners over Krasnodar. B. Dortmund had no trouble to see off club Brugge 3-0.

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