However, their lack of tournament experience showed in the knockout stages, as they struggled to break down a stubbornly defensive Benin side in the last-16. Ziyech hit the post from the penalty spot with the last kick of injury time, but Morocco were eventually eliminated in a shoot-out despite dominating the game.
It was a similar story at the only other international tournament Ziyech has competed in, the previous year’s World Cup in Russia. It was the first time Morocco had qualified for that competition in 20 years and the then Ajax winger was an ever-present on that occasion too.
Ziyech stood out as his country’s star man, but despite some impressive performances and earning a 2-2 draw with Spain, they failed to make it out of a difficult group which also included European champions Portugal.