Chelsea vs Norwich City: Giroud's lone goal powers Blues to victory

Chelsea vs Norwich City: Giroud's lone goal powers Blues to victory

- Chelsea vs Norwich City saw the Blues return to winning ways in the Premier League

- Olivier Giroud netted the only goal of the match to help Chelsea cement their place in the top four

- New signing Hakim Ziyech was in the stands to cheer the Stamford Bridge club

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Chelsea took a huge step towards finishing in the top after they secured a 1-0 crucial win over relegation-bound Norwich City.

The Tuesday night, July 14, clash played at Stamford Bridge saw Olivier Giroud net the only goal of the match to hand the Blues all the three points.

Frank Lampard made five changes from the side that suffered a shock defeat to Sheffield United at the weekend.

With both Man United and Leicester City faltering in their Champions League football charge, Chelsea needed nothing short of a win to increase their chances of finishing in the top four.

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The west London side started off the clash on a bright note, making a few decent crosses in the opening exchanges of the meeting.

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Giroud went close to finding the back of the net in the 20th minute after a clever play by Jorginho but the Frenchman failed to properly connect with his attempted finish.

Chelsea vs Norwich City: Giroud's lone goal powers Blues to victory
Chelsea vs Norwich City: Giroud made all the difference for the Blues against Norwich City tonight - credit: Getty Images
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Marcos Alonso also went close seven minutes later only for the Spaniard's effort to fly the wrong side of the near post.

The home side had to wait until the stroke of half-time to break the deadlock through Giroud who spinned away from Klose in the middle before thumps in a diving header from six yards.

The second half of the match did not produce any goal as Chelsea held on to sneak home a much-needed win.

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With 63 points, the Blues seem to have cemented their Champions League qualification with just two more games to the end of the season. earlier reported that Frank Lampard has called on his Chelsea players to show character in their push for a Champions League qualification.

The Blues currently sit third on the standings with 60 points, a point more than fifth-placed Manchester United who were held to a 2-2 draw against Southampton.

With the top four race heating up, Lampard wants his wards to "stand up" and "show character" as they cannot afford further slip-ups especially after Man City's two-year ban was recently lifted by the CAS.

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