Olivier Giroud’s sensational 12 months in Europe continued on Thursday night time as he netted a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-Zero win at Dynamo Kiev.
The Blues surged into the final eight of the Europa League with a 8-Zero combination victory over the Ukrainians, with the Frenchman weighing in with three of them.
Giroud has taken his goal-scoring complete to a sensational 9 goals in just 10 European appearances for Chelsea, all coming in this season’s Europa League (after making one Champions League look final season).
Having solely joined Chelsea on 31 January final 12 months, Giroud has already equaled the European goal-scoring exploits of membership legend Gianfranco Zola.
Zola additionally scored 9 instances in Europe for the Blues, however he did so over seven seasons and 35 games, so it’s some achievement for Giroud to match him in lower than a season-and-a-half.
The Italian was at Chelsea from 1996 – 2003 and received the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and Tremendous Cup in that point.
He additionally performed a whopping 14 European games in the 1999-2000 season when Chelsea went from the third qualifying spherical of the Champions League all the way in which to the quarter-finals.
Giroud is now equal 10th on the record of Chelsea goal-scorers in European competitors.
The person on the prime of the record is Didier Drogba who is obvious on the prime with 36, 11 forward of second positioned Frank Lampard.
Giroud is the highest scorer in this season’s Europa League along with his 9 strikes and Chelsea will discover out their quarter-final destiny in Friday morning’s draw.
The draw takes place in Nyon at 11am GMT.