Giroud justified the faith reposed in him by Thomas Tuchel as he scored the all-important goal in the 71st minute in a tie that was played at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.
34 – Aged 34 years and 146 days, Olivier Giroud is the oldest player to score in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for Chelsea, and the oldest to do so for an English side since Ryan Giggs (37) in April 2011 vs Schalke. Golden. pic.twitter.com/6xTgTcwrS7
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Tuesday’s goal by Giroud was his sixth in four UCL appearances for Chelsea as Tuchel got off to a winning start in the Champions League as manager.
The Blues will now hope they can finish off the second leg at Stamford Bridge when Diego Simeone’s men come calling.
Elsewhere, Bayern Munich’s quest to successfully defend the UEFA Champions League title won last season is very much on track…