Chelsea became the first Premier League club to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knock-out stage after edging Rennes 2-1 at France. Chelsea has now won in their last 6 matches scoring 18 goals and conceded 2 goals both in UEFA Champions League. The Blues have qualified to knock out stages unbeaten in the champions league after a goalless draw against Sevilla, 4-1 win over Rennes, and 2 consecutive wins over Rennes home and away aggregating to 5-1 in total. Timo Werner’s performance was pathetic as he missed several open chances as his clinical finishing was below par, unlike Oliver Giroud who had more shots on target than him and headed in a rebound into the top corner to seal all the 3 points for Chelsea.
Oliver Giroud who has not started for Chelsea in any match this season in all competitions became the hero of the match after scoring a brilliant stoppage-time header in the 91st minute. Callum Hudson Odoi opened the scoring for Chelsea in the 22nd minute after Mason Mount’s superb cross to force a 1-0 halftime lead for Chelsea. Rennes equalized through Guirass in the 56th minute before substitute Oliver Giroud stoppage-time header booked Chelsea a spot in UEFA Champions League last 16 with 2 fixtures to spare. Havertz, Ziyech, Giroud, Kante, and Reece James came in the second half for Kovacic, Odoi, Abraham, Mount & Werner as substitutes.
Sevilla joined Chelsea as the only other to qualify to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 after knocking off Krasnador 2-1 at stoppage time in Russia. Raktic opened the scoring in the 4th minute to force a 1-0 lead for Sevilla at halftime as Henderson equalized for Krasnador in the 56 minutes as El Haddadi scored the winner in the 93rd minute to book Sevilla a spot in the last 16. Chelsea and Sevilla are leading Group E with 10 points but separated by goal difference as they will be meeting in the next fixture to determine the Group Leader.