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Giroud, making his 50th start for the club, was at his clinical best as he took his tally to 10 goals in his last seven away starts in the competition and ensured Chelsea go into the round of 16 as one of eight seeded teams.

The 32-year-old had been earmarked as a player that could be moved on this summer in the wake of the club’s 8-2 mauling by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, with the club planning an overhaul by selling several first team stars.