Chelsea, Sevilla attain Champions League final 16
Olivier Giroud (Getty Photos)
Chelsea reached the final 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday with two fits to spare after a late Olivier Giroud strike gave the Blues a 2-1 purchase over Rennes.
The France ahead's highly effective header in stoppage time snatched the parts for Frank Lampard's aspect after Serhou Guirassy had levelled Callum Hudson-Odoi's first-half of opener.
Chelsea had been joined within the next spherical by Community E competitors Sevilla after the Spanish aspect obtained 2-1 at Krasnodar.
Each and every aspect are on 10 parts, nine earlier than third-placed Krasnodar and might per chance perchance well silent fabricate war for first put aside advance the cease of the neighborhood stage.
Chelsea can hear to domestic tasks, with Premier League leaders Tottenham Hotspur visiting Stamford Bridge on the weekend, thanks to out-of-favour Giroud, who has been tipped to accelerate away in January as he seeks more abnormal football earlier than next summer's European Championships.
Chelsea started strongly and might per chance perchance well silent were ahead as early as the seventh minute, when Timo Werner flashed Hudson-Odoi's low tainted over the bar with the aim at his mercy.
Their early dominance used to be rewarded within the 22nd minute following wonderful play from Mason Mount, who obtained the ball advance his procure space earlier than spotting the marauding Hudson-Odoi on the coolest.
Mount picked out his fellow Chelsea academy graduate with a prolonged accelerate. The winger took two touches earlier than slotting previous Alfred Gomis.
England global Mount used to be poor no longer to double the away aspect's lead eight minutes later when Gomis pulled off a fabulous set to take care of out his shut vary effort following a Ben Chilwell pull-support.
Edouard Mendy had a quiet delivery to his return to the club from whom Chelsea signed him within the summer, however the hosts got a foothold within the contest after a rocky opening period.
James Lea Siliki shot over within the 32nd minute after the ball rebounded to him after Kurt Zouma. Rennes then began to reason Chelsea some problems.
Mendy confirmed the variation he has made to Chelsea with steady saves from Guirassy and Damien Da Silva against the cease of the outlet period.
Chelsea belief that they had added a second shortly after the shatter but Werner's header used to be ruled offside and Rennes continued to pose them problems.
Mendy made the set of the night within the 73rd minute when he got his body within the design in which of a highly effective Gerzino Nyamsi header, after which pounced to pause a purpose on the rebound.
Rennes belief that they had punished Chelsea with five minutes final when an unmarked Guirassy thumped a header previous Mendy.
But Giroud pounced lower than a minute into stoppage time after Gomis' set from another Werner omit bounced up, permitting the Frenchman to head Chelsea into the final 16.