Rennes 1 – 2 Chelsea : Giroud Sends The Blues Into Round Of 16

Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea FC

Chelsea FC made it through the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a 2 -1 Victory over French Side Stade Rennes on Tuesday Night.

Frank Lampard’s Blues were quick to show class against a side they had defeated 3 Nil in their First encounter. They were quick to draw saves from the Rennes keeper Gomez, drifting through the Rennes defence and were finally able to break the deadlock with a sweet finish from Hudson-Odoi in the 22nd minute after an outstanding build up.

After losing a couple of chances upfront, The Blues almost paid for with their lead, when Chilwel made a rather astonishing back pass to Rennes Striker Guirassy in the 42nd minute but Christmas came early as the striker failed to utilise the opportunity.

A goal by Timo Werner was called off as the flag was up in the 47th minute. However, from then on Rennes took control of the game but were unable to hit that target despite putting a lot of pressure on the Chelsea defence.

Olivier Giroud Rennes Vs Chelsea
Chelsea’s French forward Olivier Giroud (C) celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Stade Rennais FC and Chelsea FC at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, western France, on November 24, 2020. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP) (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images)

Rennes had a tough time finding the net as even the starts were against them. Chelsea had not lost in 67 games, in which they have led into Half Time and the Chelsea defence was quite exceptional with a good blend of Silva, Zouma and Mendy.

Guirassy was frustrated most of the game by Mendy but was able to fizzle one past the in form goalkeeper in the 85th minute, thundering Bourigeaud’s corner into the net to bring both teams leveled.

The luxury of a leveled game didn’t last long as the Blues got back their lead six minutes later with a great finish from Giroud, who’s career has recently gone under scrutiny. Werner tried making it two with a shot but Gomez pulled a good save out of that. However, the resulting shot landed on Giroud’s path and he sent the Blues to the round of 16

With the win the Blues will top group E with 10 points but will only be leading Spanish side Sevilla with goal difference after accumulating 8 to Sevilla’s three. Both teams will now go through the remaining two games battling for the top spot.

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