FULL TIME: Chelsea win!
90+3min: BATE hit the post for a third time from a corner as Chelsea can’t clear.
90+1min: Willian has a go; deflected for a corner. He takes it, but can’t beat the first man. Jorginho breaks up the counter. Willian pumps in another cross and Giroud gets to it but he’s ahead of the near post and it goes wide.
90min: 3 minutes added on. BATE offside after Zappacosta dives in and is beaten.
88min: Chelsea playing with a bit of fire in trying to play out from the back. Emerson wins a free kick to relieve pressure.
85min: Hudson-Odoi gets a few minutes as he replaces Pedro.
82min: Chelsea force a turnover and Giroud finds Pedro, but his pass for Willian is too close to the goalkeeper who clear. Meanwhile, Hleb makes way for Berezkin for BATE’s final change. Earlier, Moukam replaced Skavysh.
80min: More of the same pattern.
75min: Space opening up and Willian comes forward on the right. He swings in a nice cross, but BATE clear just ahead of Barkley at the far post. Jorginho has a sighter from distance on the rebound but it flies just over.
73min: Tuominen is BATE’s first change, and he almost engineers a 3-v-3 counter. Zappacosta cuts out the poor second pass however.
70min: Chelsea looking to settle the game back down. Second goal would not go amiss.
64min: Kovacic replaces the strangely subdued Loftus-Cheek.
62min: From the corner, Giroud directs a header on target, but the goalkeeper makes a great save. Another corner, but this time Giroud’s effort is not on target.
61min: At the other end, Hazard’s awful touch wastes a glorious opportunity for Chelsea. A follow-up long range shot is tipped out for a corner. That’s the last of Hazard for today as he’s replaced by Willian, as planned.
60min: BATE miss a glorious opportunity to equalize as Chelsea all at sea in defense, but Rios shoots well over despite an easy wide open shot 10 yards out.
58min: BATE hit the woodwork again after Chelsea carelessly give the ball away, deflecting their own long shot onto the crossbar. Letoff.
55min: BATE come forward but Chelsea defend their crosses easily and counter, but Hazard’s shot after a 1-2 with Giroud is blocked.
54min: Hazard clattered once again by Skavysh. No card.
52min: GOOOAL!!! Chelsea make their bright(er) start to the second half count as Giroud gets on the end of Emerson cross and heads into the bottom corner of the net. Goal drought over! 1-0, CHELSEA!
51min: Skavysh brings down Hazard just outside the corner of the penalty area. Hazard takes, but his chip towards the far post is too long and too high.
46min: Back underway and Chelsea re-establish the usual pattern straight away.
HALF-TIME: Plenty of possession, not much cut or thrust for Chelsea. BATE have hit the crossbar, Chelsea have yet to have an effort on target. Improvement needed.
45min: No time added on, and the first-half ends 0-0
44min: Hazard with a great turn inside the area, but BATE cover once again and clear.
40min: Loftus-Cheek gets a sniff at goal from a great Giroud layoff, but BATE clear for a corner at the last second. Hazard takes, but Giroud’s glancing header spins wide of the far post.
38min: Chelsea find some space on the right wing for once, but Zappacosta wastes it with a couple bad touches. Hazard then gives a foul away with a high boot.
37min: Chelsea still patiently (inertly) probing. Emerson has a go from distance, it’s well wide.
32min: Emerson finds a cross from the left, it evades all heads but is almost spilled by the goalkeeper. He covers.
30min: Loftus-Cheek tries to find Giroud in the box, but his headed flick goes straight to the defense. BATE with all 11 men behind the ball, in their own defensive third.
26min: Chelsea work the ball right to left, then left to right, then back again, everyone gets a touch, then Cahill makes a poor pass into Giroud and BATE get the ball. They try to launch forward quickly, but stray offside.
23min: Jorginho gives the ball away and BATE run down the right, but the cross is cleared and Chelsea have the ball back. And then we give it away twice in quick succession.
21min: Loftus-Cheek and Zappacosta combine to create a low cross from the right, but it’s cleared before it could get to Giroud.
19min: Barkley finds Giroud, who turns and has a shot, which is deflected for a corner. Unlucky.
12min: BATE hit the bar-TE! Coach’s son Baga rattles the woodwork from distance.
6min: The first of what is sure to be many Zappacosta crosses. Chelsea looking to establish the possession flow early.
KICK-OFF: And we’re underway. BATE in very confusing yellow; Chelsea in the light blue-ish third.
Chelsea look to make it a perfect 4-for-4 in the Europa League group stages — as well as collect a 17th match in a row unbeaten — and ensure qualification for the knockout rounds of the competition with two games to spare.
Sarri has rotated his squad for these midweek tests, whether in Europe or in a domestic Cup, and that’s once again the case today ... mostly.
Here we go.
BATE Borisov starting lineup (4-3-3):
Scherbitski | Filipović, Filipenko, Volkov, Rios | Hleb, Dragun, Baga | Stasevich (c), Signevich, Skavysh
Substitutes from: Chichkan, Yablonski, Berezkin, Ivanić, Touminen, Polyakov, Moukam
Chelsea starting lineup (4-3-3):
Arrizabalaga | Emerson, Christensen, Cahill (c), Zappacosta | Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Barkley | Hazard, Giroud, Pedro
Substitutes from: Caballero, Kanté, Kovačić, Hudson-Odoi, Willian, Azpilicueta, Ampadu
Date / Time: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 17:55 GMT; 12:55pm EST; 11:25pm IST
Venue: Borisov Arena, Borisov, Belarus
Referee: Nikola Dabanović
Be excellent to each other.