Chelsea on Thursday night qualified for Europa League semi finals after surviving a scare from Slavia Prague to win 4-3 during their quarter-final second leg clash at Stamford Bridge and progressed 5-3 on aggregate.
Chelsea came into the game with full confident after winning 10 of their 11 Europa League matches this season. No English side has ever won 11 in one campaign.
5 minutes into the game, the Blues opened the scoring after a lovely bit of play Giroud chipped a pass through the backline and into the path of Pedro who shot from a tight angle and saw his effort cross the line right before it made contact with a Slavia defender.
4 minutes later, the Blues doubled their lead as Pedro’s shot into a seemingly empty net bounced off the upright, and then off the face of Deli before bouncing into the back of the net.
17 on the clock, chelsea grabbed their third. Kante found Pedro with a piercing through ball and the Spaniard delayed, pulling the ‘keeper off his line before laying the ball off to Giroud who finished into an empty net.
Slavia pulled on back 25 minutes on, after the corner from Deli’s effort the ball wound up in the air and Soucek made sure his header found the back of the net
2 minutes later, Chelsea scored again to make it 4-1. Hazard and Emerson combined well down the left with the latter whipping in a low ball to Giroud whose inital shot was blocked, but the rebound fell to Pedro who put the ball past a flailing Kolar.
6 minutes into second half slavia score a second to make it 4-2. Sevcik collected the ball just outside the box, shifted it onto his left foot, and fired a shot with the outside of his boot that had too much pace and movement for Kepa.
Just 3 minutes after, Sevcik scored again to make the scoreline 4-3 for Slavia. He found a pocket of space and smashed the ball with his right foot and buried it in the top-left corner.
The Gunners came into the game with a 2-0 aggregate lead and needed to secure their spot and they did in cool style.
Meret went the wrong way and it nestled in the corner.