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Chamakh On Target In Morocco Win

14 November 2014


Marouane Chamakh started Palace's involvement in the latest international break with a bang as he netted for Morocco in their 6-1 friendly thrashing of Benin.

It has been a bad week for the Eagles striker's homeland having been stripped of hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations due to fears over the Ebola virus, and subsequently expelled from the competition.

The Atlas Lions took their frustrations out on a beleaguered Benin side, finding themselves 3-1 ahead at half-time thanks to goals from Nordin Amrabat, Abderrazak Hamdallah and Omar El Kaddouri, the latter of which was assisted by the Palace hitman.

Ayoub El Khaliqi then got in on the act in the second half before Hamdallah notched his second, and in injury time Chamakh completed the rout when he headed in a corner to mark his first international appearance for two years with a goal.

He is scheduled to be part of the Morocco side to take on Zimbabwe on Sunday, but this weekend will also see more Eagles in international action.

Friday night sees Scotland take on the Republic of Ireland, but despite James McArthur and Kevin Doyle withdrawing through injury, Barry Bannan may get a chance to add to his 18 caps at Celtic Park.

Saturday sees Yannick Bolasie's Democratic Republic of Congo face group leaders Cameroon as they aim to seal a place in the Africa Cup of Nations in January, and Adlene Guedioura's already-qualified Algeria face Ethiopia.

And as well as Chamakh, Eagles pair Joe Ledley and Wayne Hennessey should be in action for Wales as they aim to score an upset against Belgium.

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