Ziyech sets up goal on return to action

Ziyech took a positive step in his recovery by enjoying some game-time in Rabat, where Senegal, missing Edouard Mendy due to a thigh injury, had travelled for a friendly.

In what was a particularly feisty first half featuring a number of yellow cards, the Atlas Lions took an early lead through Selim Amallah of Standard Liege.

Shortly after coming on with 30 minutes remaining, Ziyech was involved in the build-up to Morocco’s second goal, playing a couple of one-twos before the ball was slid through to Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesryi to score with aplomb.

Then, with five minutes left, Ziyech registered an assist of his own, as his inviting free-kick taken from a wide-left position was headed into the net by Youssef El Arabi.

Senegal, who had created a number of chances throughout the evening, notched a late consolation through a penalty converted by Watford’s Ismaila Sarr, but this was very much Morocco’s night in their first match this year.

They play their second on Tuesday night, also a friendly in Rabat. This time DR Congo are the visitors.