Agency, 8 March : Chelsea put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League with a 3-0 first-leg home win over Dynamo Kiev on Thursday.
Playing their seventh game in 18 days, Maurizio Sarri’s men netted courtesy of Pedro (17) and a sumptuous Willian free-kick (65) before Callum Hudson-Odoi added a late third (88) as Chelsea recorded their third win on the spin in all competitions.
The Blues dominated the encounter for large spells and would be heading to the second leg with an even healthier advantage if it wasn’t for an inspired first-half performance by visiting goalkeeper Denys Boyko.
The return leg in Ukraine takes place next Thursday.
Ten-man Gunners punished in Europa League
Arsenal manager Unai Emery says he has “confidence” his side can overturn Rennes’ 3-1 lead at Emirates Stadium in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.
Alex Iwobi’s early cross-shot had put Arsenal in front but they lost control of the game after Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ dismissal for a second booking.
Benjamin Bourigeaud immediately drew the hosts level with a stunning strike into the top right corner, with Nacho Monreal’s own goal and Ismaila Sarr’s late header compounding a miserable evening for Arsenal.
“The red card changed the game more than we wanted,” Emery said.
“The first 40 minutes we controlled, we scored, we didn’t concede good chances. I think we can do better and I have confidence with our players and our supporters helping us.”
Arsenal go into the second leg having overturned a 1-0 deficit in the last-32 stage.
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