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Olivier Giroud scored four, including a wonderful perfect hat-trick, to beat Sevilla and secure top spot for Chelsea in Group E, in a game where both sides rested players having already qualified.

An early left foot finish, after a driving Kai Havertz run and pass, along with a beautiful clipped second-half finish when found by Mateo Kovacic, and a glancing header on N’Golo Kante’s lovely cross made up his hat-trick.

Giroud was also hauled down for a late penalty which he scored himself to make clear his case for more regular starts.

Kai Havertz tested rookie Alfonso Pastor in goal within the first minute after his late elevation to the line-up, before Giroud gave him no chance when he scored after seven minutes to capitalise on Chelsea’s strong start.

Chelsea emerged unscathed from a goal-mouth scramble and VAR check after 19 minutes as the game became more even.

A Chelsea break-away mid-way through the half saw a low Christian Pulisic shot kept out, and an Antonio Ruidger header from the resulting corner was cleared off the line by Franco Vasquez.

After half time Jesus Navas freed Nemanja Gudelj in the box but his shot flew narrowly over the bar.

Giroud doubled the lead with a fantastic finish in the 54th minute, then Chelsea took complete control.

Pulisic and substitute Mason Mount were denied before Giroud completed his hat-trick on 74 minutes.

Giroud then won and converted a penalty for his fourth in the 83rd to become the first to do so for Chelsea since manager Frank Lampard.

Final Score – 0-4

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