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The 34-year-old was given the nod up front this evening ahead of Tammy Abraham and was keen to impress.
His chance came in the 68th minute when a ball bobbled up in the air and Atletico's defence looked at sea.
Giroud flung himself high in the air and thumped it past Jan Oblak and straight into the bottom left corner.
Oh my, Olivier Giroud! :heart_eyes:
He just loves scoring worldies, doesn't he!?
VAR initially ruled the goal out but it stands as Mario Hermoso was deemed to have deflected the ball onto the Frenchman :raised_hands: pic.twitter.com/CAweQ8SzAR
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 23, 2021
A lengthy VAR review for offside came close to spoiling the fun and the goal was initially ruled out, but referee Felix Brych gave it to the Blues.
It means Giroud has now scored six goals in his last four Champions League games.
Fans have reacted to the strike and they think Giroud will go down as one of the most underrated strikers of his generation.
Olivier Giroud always coming up clutch for Chelsea, man. Hell of a goal, though.
- Ryan. :red_circle: (@Vintage_Utd) February 23, 2021
When Oliver Giroud shows his grandkids a compilation of all of his greatest goals they will think that he was the best footballer of all time. pic.twitter.com/meZhs3HAoN
- Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) February 23, 2021
Olivier Giroud is easily one of the most underrated strikers... even in his own team pic.twitter.com/bHkLHHQnEY
- Banter FC (@BanterFC5) February 23, 2021
:flag_fr: Olivier Giroud for Chelsea in the Champions League this season:
• 6 goals
• 232 minutes (2 starts)
2.33 goals per 90 pic.twitter.com/lKsFpWmkAk
- Matchday365 :soccer: (@Matchday365) February 23, 2021
Olivier Giroud's goal montage once he retires is going to be pure art.
So many unbelievable goals in a VERY underrated career. pic.twitter.com/KcgAWs9h3Y
- Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 23, 2021
Let's be real if you make a comp of Giroud's best goals you can convince anyone he's the greatest to do it
- Hałe (@CFCHale) February 23, 2021
Giroud when he saw felix try something acrobatic pic.twitter.com/SPeYQ8hzLu
- Munificent Marcos:flag_es: (@admirablealonso) February 23, 2021
Chelsea were the better side on the evening and managed to control possession throughout.
Atletico on the other hand, looked rather tame going forward and hadn't registered a single shot on target by the 75th minute.
The second leg will take place on March 17.
Featured Image Credit: BeIN
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