Hakim Ziyech casts away halftime criticism from some Chelsea fans with early second-half opener against Malmo

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Despite being told he ‘needs to quit’ Chelsea by one fan after a frustrating first-half for the Blues against Malmo, Hakim Ziyech rallied back to fire his side into the lead early in the second period.

Some Chelsea fans singled out the playmaker after Thomas Tuchel’s side failed to score against their Swedish opposition in the first-half of a tie that they’re heavily favoured in.

Ziyech has endured a difficult time since joining the Stamford Bridge outfit, experiencing lengthy spells outside of the starting lineup at times after failing to show much consistency.

The Blues created plenty of chances in the first-half, but failed to show the clinical touch and decisiveness needed to take the lead. Some fans clearly thought that Ziyech was to blame for the woes.

Despite intense criticism from some of the west London club’s supporters at halftime, Ziyech actually fired the Blues into the lead just 10 minutes after the break.

The ball was sent down the line to Callum Hudson-Odoi after Kai Havertz showed some lovely footwork, Hudson-Odoi then sent a lovely low cross to the far post, where Ziyech was on hand to tap into the net.

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Here is how some of the Chelsea faithful reacted to Ziyech’s contributions – or apparent lack thereof – in the opening 45 minutes:

Ziyech endured an up and down debut season for the Blues and it’s looked even more troublesome for the ace so far this term, fans will be hoping that this goal gives him the confidence to kick on.

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