International PSG: Achraf Hakimi, Fabian Ruiz play in Morocco and Spain's victories
Two players under contract at PSG appeared in international matches played on Saturday, Mar. 25th. One started, other did not. One was playing a friendly, the other a Euro 2024 qualifier. Here is what went down in Morocco's and Spain's games involving these two performers.
Spain played their first game under new head coach Luis de la Fuente after he got hired following the World Cup. The Iberian nation faced a Haaland-less Norway squad that didn't find a way to bring danger to the Spanish area throughout the full 90 minutes.
Fabian Ruiz started the game on the bench and had to wait until the 80th minute to make an appearance, although he took full advantage of his chance by assisting Spain's second goal of the evening.
Ruiz entered the pitch in the 81st minute and just three minutes later he assisted veteran striker Joselu to put Spain up two on the scoreboard. Joselu would later add a third goal while Dani Olmo opened the score just 13 minutes into the game.
The PSG midfielder couldn't have done more, actually, as he completed 15-of-15 passes in his nine minutes of play (excluding injury time) completing the lone dribble he attempted and his lone attempted cross on top of that.
Fabian Ruiz and Achraf Hakimi helped Spain and Morocco win their March 25th games
Moving on to friendly territory, Morocco's superstar and PSG right-back Achraf Hakimi helped his nation earn a hard-fought 2-1 victory over a very fresh Brazil national team entering a new era after the World Cup letdown.
Morocco opened the score in the 29th minute with a goal by Sofiane Boufal, Casemiro tied it all in the second half for Brazil, and with 10 minutes left in regulation Abdelhamid Sabiri hit the second and game-winning goal for Morocco.
Hakimi had a nice game starting on the right wing-back position and logging 53 minutes of playing time on the day. He completed nearly all passes he attempted (30-of-34) while also winning a couple of tackles, recovering four possessions through his 53 minutes spent on the pitch.
The African international had not appeared in a game since Mar. 8th when PSG faced Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions League last-8, and he had not played in nearly a month before that game (also against Bayern back on Feb. 14th).