Attack-minded Italy and Belgium won in style while Germany made it two wins from two games in 2020 European Championship qualifiers on Saturday.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — For Eden Hazard, it was the perfect goodbye. For Petr Cech, it was a painful way to retire.
Hazard scored twice past his former teammate as Chelsea sliced through...
LONDON (AP) — Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his first Premier League start for Chelsea with an assist and a sparkling display in a 3-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Napoli, Inter advance in Europa League
Chelsea shook off their recent troubles and easily advanced in the Europa League with a 3-0 second leg victory over 10-man Malmo on Thursday, a result that takes some pressure off embattled coach...
Kante gives Chelsea 1-0 win over Crystal Palace
LONDON (AP) — N'Golo Kante's second-half goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday to strengthen its grip on fourth place in the Premier League.
After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top from David Luiz in the 51st minute, chested it down with his first touch and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with his second.
Rampant Tottenham inflicts first loss of EPL on Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Tottenham inflicted Chelsea's first loss in the English Premier League with a rampant performance in a 3-1 win at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min scored for Tottenham, which jumped above its London rival in the standings into third place.
Chelsea, Arsenal, Lazio advance in Europa League
Olivier Giroud ended his drought by scoring the only goal to lead Chelsea to a 1-0 win at BATE Borisov on Thursday that clinched a place in the knockout stage of the Europa League with two group games to spare.
Giroud had not scored for Chelsea for six months but he knows what it's like to net against BATE. Last season, the France forward was on target in both games against the Belarusian champion when he played for London rival Arsenal in Europe's second tier competition.
Morata is back in form and enjoying life at Chelsea
LONDON (AP) — Just a month ago, Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata wore a dejected expression and looked bereft of self-belief.
Unreliable with his back to goal and the ball at his feet, it seemed as though Chelsea playmakers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro preferred to work with the steadier, less combustible figure of Olivier Giroud as a target man up front.
Hazard leads Chelsea to 3-0 win at Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard kept up his red-hot form with one goal and an assist to inspire Chelsea to a convincing 3-0 victory against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
Unbeaten Chelsea, playing in an unfamiliar pale blue kit with orange socks, made a bright start at St. Mary's and was unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Wesley Hoedt fouled Olivier Giroud.
Giroud’s stunning strike gives France 1st Nations League win
GENEVA (AP) — It took a stunning goal for World Cup champion France to get its first win in international soccer's newest competition on Sunday.
Not from superstar Kylian Mbappe — who did tap in the first goal of France's 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League game — and not from Antoine Griezmann or Paul Pogba, as France fielded all 10 outfield starters from the World Cup final.
Still party time for world champion France in Nations League
PARIS (AP) — Less than two months after claiming a second World Cup title, no wonder France is still in a partying mood.
After a summer of euphoria, Didier Deschamps' players didn't look ready against Germany in the teams' opening UEFA Nations League match, which ended in a goalless draw. The French were on the back foot for long spells and avoided defeat only thanks to a series of outstanding saves from Paris Saint-Germain 'keeper Alphonse Areola.
Chelsea beats Bournemouth 2-0 after late Pedro, Hazard goals
LONDON (AP) — Pedro Rodriguez and Eden Hazard scored late goals as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday to clinch a fourth straight victory to open the season.
Maurizio Sarri's team was being frustrated by Bournemouth's defensive set-up when Pedro exchanged passes with Olivier Giroud — both of them second-half substitutes — and shot into the bottom corner from just inside the area in the 72nd minute.
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local):
Paul Pogba is no longer the scorer of France's winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Australia.
FIFA says its panel of former coaches and players analyzing World Cup games judged that Australia defender Aziz Behich got the decisive final touch in the 81st minute.
After Pogba stretched to shoot, the ball looped up from Behich's attempted clearance and struck the crossbar on its way down to land over the goal-line.
PARIS (AP) — Olivier Giroud moved level with Zinedine Zidane for international goals as France began its World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win against Ireland on Monday.
Giroud poked the ball home in the 40th minute after his initial header from a corner was cleared off the line. It took the Chelsea striker to 31 international goals on his 72nd appearance — fourth with Zidane on France's all-time list.
LONDON (AP) — As Manchester City finally collected the Premier League trophy on Sunday, Chelsea closed in on salvaging Champions League qualification from a lackluster title defense and further weakened Liverpool's grip on a top-four finish.
A resurgent Chelsea sealed a fifth successive victory when Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal against Liverpool, which has only one win in five league games.
Chelsea heads into final week in top-4 chase
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea boosted its hopes of Champions League qualification after Olivier Giroud's first-half header sealed a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.
Tottenham's loss at West Bromwich on Saturday and Giroud's fourth goal in five games took Antonio Conte's deposed champions two points behind their London rival with two games to go.
LONDON (AP) — Chelsea will play Manchester United in the FA Cup final after beating Southampton 2-0 in the second semifinal at Wembley Stadium on Sunday with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata.
Giroud, who had been selected ahead of Morata to spearhead Chelsea's attack, scored the first goal within 30 seconds of the second half after a mesmerizing piece of dribbling inside the Southampton penalty area.
Moses sparkles as Chelsea beats Burnley
BURNLEY, England (AP) — Chelsea kept alive its slim chance of sneaking into next season's Champions League with a 2-1 win at Burnley Thursday.
An own goal from Kevin Long and a Victor Moses strike was enough to hand Chelsea victory. Ashley Barnes was on target for Burnley.
Giroud leads Chelsea fightback in 3-2 win at Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea scored three goals in eight minutes, including two from substitute Olivier Giroud, in a stirring second-half comeback from 2-0 down to beat relegation-threatened Southampton 3-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The victory kept alive fifth-place Chelsea's slim hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, with seven points now separating Chelsea from Tottenham and Liverpool above them.
SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) — France's casual defending was exposed again as ruthless Colombia rallied from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a World Cup warmup on Friday.
European Championship runner-up France scored twice inside 26 minutes through striker Olivier Giroud and wide midfielder Thomas Lemar. But poor concentration from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris let Colombia back in two minutes later, when Luis Muriel's cross eluded him and went in.
It was news that capped a miserable start to 2018 for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.
The Spain squad was announced on Friday for the team's friendly matches against Germany and Argentina this month, and Morata's name was conspicuous by its absence.
Not so long ago, he was considered the first-choice striker for one of the favorites for the World Cup in Russia. Now he might not even be at the tournament.
Arsenal striker Lacazette ruled out for up to 6 weeks
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal says striker Alexandre Lacazette will be out for up to six weeks following knee surgery.
The France international underwent an arthroscopy on his left knee on Tuesday.
Arsenal says the "minor procedure was a success and he will now undergo a period of rehabilitation."
Aubameyang move to Arsenal caps record January spend in EPL
LONDON (AP) — A transfer window that produced record spending by Premier League teams closed with a shuffle of strikers.
A logjam was broken on deadline day in European soccer when the path was cleared for Arsenal to pay a club-record 63.75 million euros ($80 million) for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record $80 million
Arsenal paid a club-record fee of 63.75 million euros ($80 million) to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, completing the overhaul of the team's attack that was triggered by Alexis Sanchez's departure to Manchester United.
Cech error helps Swansea to 3-1 win over Arsenal in EPL
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — An error by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech and two goals by Sam Clucas helped Swansea to a 3-1 win that lifted the Welsh club off the bottom of the Premier League and out of the relegation zone on Tuesday.
Arsenal slipped eight points off the Champions League qualification positions on a night when new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his debut as a substitute and Olivier Giroud came off the bench for possibly his farewell.
Giroud earns Arsenal a point in 1-1 draw at Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud made the difference off the bench again for Arsenal, scoring an 88th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday.
It was Giroud's 17th goal as a substitute in the Premier League, matching the record he now jointly holds with former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ozil inspires Arsenal to 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has often divided opinion during his time in the Premier League. On Wednesday, he left no room for debate.
The German inspired the Gunners to a third consecutive Premier League win as it thrashed Huddersfield 5-0.
Alexander Lacazette opened the scoring after just three minutes, but sloppiness soon crept into Arsenal's game and victory looked in doubt before Ozil took over.
Griezmann and Giroud score again as France beats Wales 2-0
PARIS (AP) — Strike partners Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud scored as France began its World Cup warmup program with a comfortable 2-0 home win against Wales in a friendly on Friday.
Both have struggled for their clubs, with Griezmann lacking goals for Atletico Madrid and Giroud hardly managing to get a game for Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud wins FIFA’s top goal award at London ceremony
LONDON (AP) — The FIFA Best awards ceremony has opened with Olivier Giroud winning the goal award for his scorpion-style kick while playing for Arsenal.
The Puskas Award-winning goal from an overhead back-heeled strike came on New Year's Day in Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
The FIFA ceremony is at the Palladium Theater in London.
Giroud’s overhead kick gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Red Star
Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain its perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.
Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five minutes before the final whistle after Theo Walcott headed the ball to him.
"It was a great combination before the goal as well and he finished well," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Giroud scores 100th goal for Arsenal in 4-2 win over BATE
Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on Thursday.
Arsenal rested nine front-line players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal was a decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.
Wenger relieved Giroud stayed, produced opening-day victory
LONDON (AP) — Arsene Wenger is relieved Olivier Giroud didn't take him up on the offer to leave Arsenal.
Ever since France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in July for a club-record 60 million euros ($68 million), the future of compatriot Giroud has been in doubt.
But after deciding to stick it out for a sixth season at Arsenal, Giroud was the north London club's match-winner on the opening day of the new Premier League campaign after coming off the bench.
Thrilling Premier League start: Arsenal edges Leicester 4-3
LONDON (AP) — The Premier League made a thrilling return, and Arsenal finally had something to celebrate on the opening weekend.
It took the arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud from the bench in the second half to turn it around against Leicester and give Arsenal only its second opening-day victory in eight seasons.
Giroud rescues Arsenal to seal 4-3 opening win vs Leicester
LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud completed an exhilarating comeback as Arsenal beat Leicester 4-3 on Friday to ensure Arsene Wenger's side opened the English Premier League with a victory for only the second time in eight seasons.
Arsenal turned around the league's first Friday opener in the closing minutes at Emirates Stadium. After Aaron Ramsey leveled in the 83rd minute, Giroud sealed the three points with a header inside two minutes on an evening of thrilling attacks gifted by fragile defending.
Giroud eclipses Lacazette as Arsenal wins in Sydney
SYDNEY (AP) — Olivier Giroud eclipsed new signing Alexandre Lacazette by scoring the opener as Arsenal beat Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly on Saturday amid uncertainty about the striker's future with the London club.
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps warned his players they are fighting for their places in the friendly against England on Tuesday.
The match follows France's 2-1 loss at Sweden on Friday in a World Cup qualifier. The loss, gifted to Sweden in the last seconds, dropped France to second place in Europe Group A and allowed the Netherlands — the next opponent in qualifying — to close within three points.
PARIS (AP) — Even though he is enjoying the best spell of his international career, Olivier Giroud has to keep proving himself for France.
Giroud has never been a favorite among fans after replacing the more technically skilled and creative Karim Benzema. His international record of 27 goals in 63 games stands up to examination, however.
European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is at the halfway stage.
Here's the state of play in the nine groups heading into the sixth round of games from Friday to Sunday:
France can increase its lead to six points with a win in Sweden on Friday.
STOKE, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud scored twice and Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th English Premier League goal as Arsenal beat Stoke 4-1 to maintain its push for Champions League qualification on Saturday.
Mesut Ozil grabbed the other goal for Arsenal, whose swagger is returning as it attempts to hunt down Liverpool and Manchester City for a top-four finish.
Arsenal stayed fifth but climbed to within one point of fourth-placed Liverpool and three of third-placed City with two matches remaining.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Alexis Sanchez produced a clinical finish to set Arsenal on its way to a 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday, keeping alive the team's ambitions of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
Sanchez moved onto 20 league goals for the season when he collected Mesut Ozil's first-time through-ball and deceived two defenders with a clever turn inside the area, before slotting home a low finish in the 60th minute.
Arsenal overcomes West Ham with inspired second half
LONDON (AP) — An inspired second-half display gave Arsenal a much-needed 3-0 victory on Wednesday as West Ham continued its fall toward the Premier League relegation zone.
A goalkeeping error from Darren Randolph allowed Mesut Ozil to give Arsenal the lead before Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud wrapped up the victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal overcomes West Ham with inspired second half
LONDON (AP) — An inspired second-half display gave Arsenal a much-needed 3-0 victory on Wednesday as West Ham continued its fall towards the Premier League relegation zone.
A goalkeeping error from Darren Randolph allowed Mesut Ozil to give Arsenal the lead before Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud wrapped up the victory.
Arsenal routs Swansea 4-0 to go third in Premier League
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Arsenal swept aside Swansea 4-0 to go third in the Premier League on Saturday, claiming only a second away win since October and putting the Welsh club in last place.
Goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez, sandwiched between two deflected Alex Iwobi strikes — credited as own goals to Jack Cork and Kyle Naughton — put Arsenal in cruise control and sent Swansea tumbling to the bottom of the league.
Giroud caps hot streak by spearheading Arsenal comeback
LONDON (AP) — Olivier Giroud rescued Arsenal from embarrassment at Bournemouth, taking center stage for the London club yet again with his third game-changing contribution in nine days.
With Arsenal three goals down entering the final 20 minutes, Giroud spearheaded a stirring fightback on the south coast in the Premier League.
Giroud leads Arsenal comeback to salvage draw at Bournemouth
BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Olivier Giroud headed a late equalizer after setting up two goals to complete Arsenal's second-half fightback at Bournemouth, salvaging a 3-3 draw for his side in an engrossing Premier League game on Tuesday.
Bournemouth stunned Arsenal in an electric 20-minute opening, with Charlie Daniels netting and Callum Wilson scoring a penalty. Arsenal's troubles on the south coast deepened in the 58th minute when Ryan Fraser put the ball through goalkeeper Petr Cech's legs.
Goal transformed into art: Wenger lauds Giroud’s ‘scorpion’
LONDON (AP) — With Alexis Sanchez's cross floating into the penalty area behind him, Olivier Giroud only had one choice: A back-heeled overhead flick.
"I was a bit lucky but it was the only thing I could do," Giroud said. "The ball was behind me and I tried to hit it with a back heel."
The ball hit the underside of the crossbar, came down and went over the line to produce one of the most exceptional goals witnessed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.