Giroud heads Chelsea to the knockout phase in injury time, including Sevilla now

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The first two participants in the eighth finals of the Champions League are already known. Chelsea and Sevilla already know after four rounds of play that they will stay ahead of Stade Rennes and FK Krasnodar.

Rennes-Chelsea 1-2 Stadium
Chelsea initially kept Hakim Ziyech and N’Golo Kanté on the bench and didn’t waste too much unnecessary energy in Brittany. Timo Werner didn’t have his sights on in the opening phase, but Callum Hudson-Odoi was successful: Mason Mount saw the opening and delivered a measured through ball, Hudson-Odoi finished coolly.

The Londoners withdrew in the remainder of the game and tried to win the tight lead. That seemed to go well for a long time, but Stade Rennes was still on the same level just before the end thanks to a striking header from Serhou Guirassy. Chelsea, however, struck again in the extra time: Olivier Giroud of all people hurt his fellow countrymen and with a viewed header.

FK Krasnodar-Sevilla 1-2
Giroud’s late hit also seemed to be good news for Sevilla, which was ultimately able to secure wintering on its own. The Andalusians had – with Luuk de Jong in the base – a flying start against FK Krasnodar: Ivan Rakitic took a knocked-off ball on the slipper and found the far corner cleverly. However, Sevilla could not distance themselves and the Russians appeared to have resilience: Wanderson signed for the 1-1, which in the end turned out to be just not the final score. Munir El Haddadi made it 1-2 deep in injury time.

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