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Chelsea internationals: Ziyech goes ham on Central African Republic; Hudson-Odoi sparkles for England U21

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Friday action

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Morocco are one of the best national teams in Africa, and on Friday, they lived up to their billing as such with a dominant 4-1 win over Central African Republic.

The contest was effectively over after just 30 minutes, by which time Morroco had built a 3-0 lead, thanks in large part to one Hakim Ziyech, who set up the opener in the 10th minute, then added a brace of goals himself soon after. The first of those was from the penalty spot, and the other had a fair bit of good fortune about it, but his assist was a fantastic through ball that certainly was on brand for the Wizard.

Also on Friday, Callum Hudson-Odoi had himself a good game for England U21 in their 3-1 win over Andorra. Like Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi set up England’s opener in the first-half, and also got on the scoresheet from the penalty spot. CHO’s assist was an excellent cross that presented the goal on a plate at the far post for Liverpool’s Curtis Jones.

Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher also started, alongside former Chelsea youths Tariq Lamptey, Rhian Brewster, and Jonathan Panzo. Meanwhile, Jamal Musiala and Eddie Nketiah came off the bench but Marc Guehi went as an unused substitute.

And over on the other side of the world, Thiago Silva captained Brazil to a 1-0 win over Venezuela in 2022 World Cup qualifying.