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CL: Olivier Giroud's treble fires Arsenal into knockout stages

Johannesburg: Olivier Giroud produced a scintillating performance by netting a hat-trick as Arsenal overcame Olympiakos 3-0 to progress through to the Champions League knockout stages.

Arsenal's French forward Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Olympiacos and Arsenal at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Pic/AFP
Arsenal's French forward Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group F football match between Olympiacos and Arsenal at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus. Pic/AFP

The Frenchman put Arsene Wenger's side ahead in the 29th minute before doubling the lead four minutes into the second half.

Giroud completed his hat-trick when he dispatched a clinical penalty to ensure that Arsenal reach the last 16 of the competition for the 16th year in a row, Sport24 reported.

Arsenal won the do-or-die encounter and finished as runners-up in Group F behind Bayern Munich.

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