Ziyech scores INCREDIBLE long-range effort from inside his own half

‘This is why Morocco sacked a coach to get him back!’: Hakim Ziyech scores incredible long-range effort from inside his OWN HALF in a World Cup warm-up win, as fans hail Chelsea ace’s return from exile

  • Hakim Ziyech returned from Morocco exile in September prior to the World Cup
  • Spent more than a year away from set up after falling out with Vahid Halilhodzic 
  • Wonder-strike against Georgia as Morocco’s 2022 opener draws ever neare
  • Follow Sportsmail’s daily live blog for all updates from Qatar ahead of opener 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Hakim Ziyech marked Morocco’s final pre-World Cup friendly with a wonder-strike as he scored from behind the half-way line against Georgia. 

The Chelsea wide-player was brought in from the cold this September by recently appointed coach Walid Regragui after a falling out with previous incumbent Vahid Halilhodzic.

Having failed to mark his return in either of September’s friendlies against Chile and Paraguay with a goal, Ziyech did so in Sharjah in remarkable fashion. 

Hakim Ziyech scored a wonder-strike as Morocco closed out their brief pre-tournament preparations with a 3-0 victory in Sharjah

The Chelsea man picked the ball up inside his own half and spotted the goalkeeper off his line

Picking the ball up inside his own half having intercepted a Georgia pass, Ziyech spotted goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili off his line and chose to try the spectacular. 

An extremely technical player, noted for his long, sweeping passes during his time with Ajax – including one notable cross-field ball against Bayern Munich – Ziyech’s technique appeared perfect as the ball sailed over the goalkeeper and into the Georgia goal.

It ensured Morocco went 2-0 up inside the first half an hour, allowing them to take their foot off the pedal ahead of their tournament proper kicking off against Croatia on November 23.

His technique was perfect and the ball sailed over the ailing goalkeeper to give Morocco a 2-0 lead

Reacting in wide-eyed amazement to the goal on social media, fans praised the Moroccan and cited it as justification for the country’s FA having sacked Halilhodzic. 

‘This is why Morocco sacked a coach to get him back,’ one supporter wrote. 

‘Not sure why Chelsea coaches don’t see the magic Hakim Ziyech can create. He deserves better & Chelsea destroyed his career,’ another noted. 

Another pointedly referenced the former coach. ‘I hope wherever Vahid Halilhodžić is he can now see the importance of Hakim Ziyech,’ they wrote.

Ziyech was only brought in from the cold this autumn after more than a year out of the national set up having fallen out with the previous incumbent 

Vahid Halilhodzic was disposed of earlier this year – giving Ziyech a path back into the side

One more referenced Chelsea in their appraisal of the Moroccan. ‘Ziyech is the most underrated chelsea player. What a strike,’ they posted on social media. 

Another social media user called it a ‘masterpiece’. 

‘He’s looking good before the World Cup,’ another supporter wrote. 

After their campaign kicks off against Croatia next Wednesday, Morocco then face Belgium four days later before closing out Group F when they play Canada. 

Walid Regragui took over in September and one of his first steps was to recall the wide-man

They have already been tipped to achieve a remarkable feat in Qatar by Samuel Eto’o, who last week told ESPN that he was predicting a Cameroon-Morocco final at the Lusail Stadium on December 18. 

‘Africa has always had the potential to achieve a successful World Cup, but we haven’t always shown our best face up to now,’ he said. 

‘During the years, African teams have acquired more and more experience, and I think they’re ready not only to participate in a World Cup, but also to win it.

‘Cameroon will win the World Cup final against Morocco.’

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