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Chelsea too strong for Kiev, close in on Europa League quarter-final spot

Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi celebrates scoring their third goal with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Olivier Giroud

Chelsea outclassed Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday but Arsenal face an uphill task to make the quarter-finals after slumping to a 3-1 defeat at French club Rennes.

The Blues were by far the better side at Stamford Bridge – they had eight shots on target to Kiev’s none – but it was not until Callum Hudson-Odoi scored a third goal in stoppage time that the scoreline fully reflected their dominance.

Pedro put the home side ahead after 17 minutes when he played a one-two with Olivier Giroud and set them on the road to their eighth win in nine Europa League games this season.

Brazilian midfielder Willian made it two with a perfect free kick after 65 minutes before 18-year-old substitute Hudson-Odoi side-footed home.

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