Goals and assist for our Blues in action on the international games yesterday, with super Hakim Ziyech stealing the show in Morocco win.
Hakim Ziyech continued his sparkling form with two goals and assist for Morocco in qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations. The 27-year-old began a central attacking role for the Atlas Lions in Casablanca, and it was in that position that he found a pocket of space to help break the deadlock after only 10 minutes.
Picking up possession at half-turn, he had time to consider his options, and he threaded a perfect pass forward that dissected the defense of Central Africa. Inter’s Achraf Hakimi was the beneficiary, tucking his finish inside the nearby post to give Morocco an early lead.
After conceding an equaliser, Ziyech came to the fore with two goals in as many minutes. His first came from the penalty spot, a powerful effort that the goalkeeper got hands to but couldn’t keep out.
Moments later, after exchanging passes from a short corner, the forward whipped in a fizzing low effort with that trusty left foot that flew all the way in from the right flank. He was withdrawn for the final 18 minutes with the score 4-1, which is how it finished, leaving Morocco top of the qualification group at the halfway point.