Scotland manager Steve Clarke has praised the likes of Leeds United captain Liam Cooper, despite a 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic in the opening game of Euro 2020.

Two Patrick Schick goals – one of which was from 50 yards out – spoiled the party during Scotland’s first game at a major tournament since 1998. Leeds United captain Cooper came in for the vital Kieran Tierney in defence as he missed out through injury while Stuart Armstrong replaced Southampton teammate Che Adams in the starting XI.

The Leeds United captain filled in for Steve Clarke.

The Leeds United captain filled in for Steve Clarke. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Clarke was pleased with the likes of Leeds United man Cooper but admits things went against Scotland in the Czech encounter (BBC): “The boys who came in, I thought defended by and large well. If you take out the set play and the wonder-strike, or the clever play from their striker, we defended reasonably well.

“I think it was quite an even game between the two sides, I don’t think there was much in it. Obviously they were a bit more clinical with their chances. Losing the goal off a second phase of a set play was a bit disappointing and obviously you go into half-time on the back foot.

“And then the boy has hit a wonderful strike from just inside our half which was actually a shot from Jack Hendry that got blocked and fell perfect for them. Those moments went against us in the game and obviously when we had our chances to get back in the game we didn’t take them.

“It’s a good learning experience, we talked about not coming here to learn but you do still have to learn your lessons – that’s what happens.”

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