The Chelsea winger made his long-awaited return to international football and was in action on Friday for Morocco's friendly match against Chile.
Despite not scoring, the 29-year-old winger had an impressive performance and was heavily involved in the game. Both Chile and Morocco were evenly matched in the first half, with nothing separating them at the first period break. The second half was the game's deciding factor, and Morocco won 2-0. Sofiane Boufal netted a 66th minute penalty after defender Paulo Diaz handled the ball. The debutant Abdulhamid Sabiri added the second one 12 minutes later to give the new coach Walid Regragui his opening victory.
Hakim Ziyech would be delighted if he marked his return to international football with a win after being out for more than a year. The winger had fallen out with the former Morocco coach, but the arrival of Regragui handed him a clean slate. Ziyech is now guaranteed a place in the upcoming World Cup and will be hoping to make an impact in that big tournament.
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