Giroud's hat trick send Chelsea to Europa League quarters

Olivier Giroud celebrated his 50th European competition game by scoring a hat trick as Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev 5-0 Thursday to cruise into the Europa League quarterfinals.

Giroud struck early in Kiev in the second leg of the last 16, added his second later in the first half and completed his hat trick in the second half for Chelsea to advance with a massive 8-0 win on aggregate.

Giroud was the third player this season to score three in Europe’s second-tier competition.

Marcos Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi also had one apiece for Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Napoli advanced 4-3 on aggregate against last year’s semifinalist Salzburg despite losing the second leg 3-1.

Valencia advanced thanks to an injury-time goal from substitute Goncalo Guedes that secured a 1-1 draw at Krasnodar and…

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