Matteo Guendouzi provided two assists for the France u21s against Liechtenstein on Thursday, both from the corner spot.

France's defender Jules Kounde (R) jubilates with France's midfielder Matteo Guendouzi during the U21 European Championships qualification football match France vs Slovakia on October 12, 2020 at the Meinau stadium in Strasbourg, eastern France. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP)
France’s defender Jules Kounde (R) jubilates with France’s midfielder Matteo Guendouzi on October 12, 2020. (Photo by FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP)

After overcoming his recent positive test for coronavirus, Arsenal loanee Matteo Guendouzi recently returned to the pitch with Hertha BSC, winning praise from those watching. Following that first club start of the season, he was back with the France u21s this week.

The midfielder started against Liechtenstein on Thursday, and he helped them quickly race into a 3-0 lead.

France opened the scoring within three minutes, through Colin Dagba. Two minutes later, for their second goal, Guendouzi played a ground pass from a corner to Romain Faivre, who raced into the box and onto the ball before firing into the roof of the net.

With Liechtenstein setting up to prevent the same thing happening again 10 minutes later, Guendouzi instead lofted a ball into the centre of the box for Benoit Badiashile to finish. You can watch that one here.

There’s some debate over whether it was actually an own goal, but Guendouzi created it all the same.

Former Gunner Jeff Reine-Adelaide also got involved after that, scoring one and assisting another to make it 5-0 – which is how it finished. Guendouzi came off for a rest between those two second-half goals, in the 63rd minute.

France face group leaders Switzerland next, the final match of qualifiers. In order to top their qualfication group, France need to overturn their 3-1 away defeat to gain the head-to-head advantage.

France have already qualified as one of the best runners-up, but they’ll want to top the group with a win over Switzerland.