Olivier Giroud has not scored in any competition other than the Europa League since 24 November 2018
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea beat Dynamo Kiev to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 8-0 overall victory.
The first efforts of the French striker from the corner of Willian set the tone for the Blues, who arrived in Kiev with a 3-0 lead since the first leg.
Giroud swept the sublime Marcos Alonso center to score his eighth goal of the competition this season.
With total control of the visitors, Alonso scored a third goal from the center of Callum Hudson-Odoi before the break.
Kiev captain Serhiy Sydorchuk was a consolation for hosts in the second half, hitting the post at close range.
But Giroud completed his hat trick with a header from another Willian's corner, before Hudson-Odoi attempted to place the brilliance on a dominant screen.
Chelsea will discover his opponents in the quarter-finals and potential in the semifinal on Friday at 12:00 GMT.
The perfect night of Giroud
While Giroud has only started two Premier League matches for Chelsea over the past four months, he has enjoyed his Europa League outings.
Since his last national goal against Tottenham on November 24, 2018, the 32-year-old has scored eight goals in seven appearances in Europe.
Another clinical performance allowed him to leave the Kiev Olympic Stadium as the top scorer in the Europa League with nine goals.
The first two goals of the evening, scored by a touch, illustrate his prowess nearby, leaving no chance to goalkeeper Denys Boyko.
Vigilance and anticipation allowed him to steer Willian's corner past the Kiev goalkeeper for his first goal for about six meters.
And his movement gave him the space to connect powerfully with Alonso's center to escape a second from the center of the penalty area.
His last effort, a header from another Willian corner, also highlighted his aerial threat while he was betting on poor quality scoring to seal a perfect hat trick, including foot goals. right, left foot and head.
Favorites of the Europa League?
While Maurizio Sarri has been hailed for his style of play, especially in the former club of Naples, the Europa League represents for him an opportunity to finish his first season as a manager of Chelsea with his first major trophy.
Despite naming a team that contained seven changes after their 1-1 draw against the Wolves, there was some fluidity among the Sarri players who quickly imposed their authority on the contest.
Giroud's first goal certainly helped, but their list of absentees, which included Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard, made the match even more impressive.
And the emphatic character of the result will also serve as a warning to other clubs remaining in the competition.
Still undefeated in the competition, the Sarri team had started the night as bookies favorites and, full time, their chance to repeat their success in 2012-13 was still shortened.
The man of the match – Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)
Olivier Giroud achieved his first hat-trick since December 2015
"We played a wonderful first half" – what they said
Maurizio Sarri, manager of Chelsea, address to BT Sport: "We started very well, we wanted to start this way.
"We scored after five minutes, which was a very difficult situation for our opponents, we had a wonderful first half and managed the game in the second half."
On Ruben Loftus-Cheek, he says: "He's done very well, he improved last month, he was able to train after the problem with his back, he did a great match and I'm really happy to be able to play for 90 minutes. "
"His potential as a player is very, very high." Physically, technically and tactically, he improves, he can become one of the best midfielders not only in England, but also in Europe. "
Chelsea resumes his Premier League duties during his trip to Everton on Sunday, March 17 (16:30 GMT). Dynamo Kiev will travel to Olimpik Donetsk for its final match of the high-flying Ukrainian season, also on Sunday (5:30 pm).