Willian, Giroud score as Chelsea hold Vidi FC to continue impressive run in the Europa League

Willian, Giroud score as Chelsea hold Vidi FC to continue impressive run in the Europa League

- Willian and Giroud scored in either halves as Chelsea held Vidi 2-2 in Budapest

- The Blues have now booked a spot in the last 32 in the Europa League after finishing top of Group L with 16 points

- BATE Borisov have also progressed to the next stage of the competition after defeating PAOK Thessaloniki in another Group L clash

Premier League giants, Chelsea, on Thursday, December 13, continued with their impressive run in the Europa League after holding Vidi FC 2-2 in their last Group L match to qualify for the last 32 of the competition.

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, made ten changes to the side that ended Manchester City's Premier League unbeaten run, with Brazilian star, Willian the only player to keep his place.

The trip to Hungary had little meaning to Sarri as the Blues had already confirmed their place in the next stage of the competition.

Vidi, on their part had a faint chance of progressing should they have won the fixture with the hope that BATE Borisov loses theirs against PAOK Thessaloniki.

However, it was Chelsea who opened the scoring in the 30th minute, as Willian neatly lifted a free-kick from 20 yards moments after he was fouled to hand his side the lead.

However, the lead did not last as the home side equalised two minutes later through Ethan Ampadu who directed the ball to his own net from Vidi's corner kick.

Moments before the break, Olivier Giroud replaced injured Alvaro Morata as both sides headed into the break level.

In the second half, Vidi took the lead via Loic Nego in the 56th minute, with the French star striking a sensational volley past a helpless Wilfredo Caballero who was between the sticks for Chelsea.

However, Giroud restored parity for the Blues in the 75th minute to crash Vidi's glimmer of hope of qualifying to the next round.

The match eventually ended level, with Chelsea finishing top of the group to storm the last 32 of the European competition.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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