Chelsea players celebrate against BATE Borisov/

Olivier Giroud’s first club goal of the season was enough to secure a win over Bate Borisov and book a place for Chelsea in the knockout stage of the Europa League.

Giroud brought to an end his 11-game goal drought this season by giving Chelsea a 53rd-minute lead, and the Premier League giants held on despite BATE striking the woodwork three times in the match.

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The Londoners moved six points clear of Hungarians Vidi at the Group L summit and remain unbeaten in 17 matches since losing the Community Shield to Manchester City in August.