It was Andy Robertson’s big day in the sun as the Liverpool star lead Scotland out at Euro 2020 – but Czech Republic have spoiled the party in the nation’s first game at a major tournament for 23 years, a Patrick Schick-inspired display sealing a 2-0 Czechs victory.
Scotland were behind four minutes before half-time as Schick headed the Czechs ahead before he sensationally lobbed Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall from 45 yards. Steve Clarke’s side had chances too, Liverpool star and Scots captain Robertson forcing a save from Tomas Vaclik.
The Czech goalkeeper had to claw out a goal-bound deflection from Ondrej Celustka while Jack Hendry hit the bar. Schick punished Scotland for mistakes, first Stephen O’Donnell’s slow reaction to a cross allowing Schick to header excellently and his strike after half-time was sensational, Hendry’s decision to shoot from 45 yards punished.
Schick lifted the ball from just inside the Scotland half, bending and curling an effort over Marshall – who was well off his line – to put the game beyond Clarke’s team. It leaves Scotland with an uphill task to get out of Group D, England to come next at Wembley. Here are three things we learned.
Scotland knew they were coming to the top table with the big boys and found that out the hard way. Schick pounced on a small error to nod home Czech Republic’s first and his second was just stunning. This will sting for everyone in Scotland.
Needing a shock
This is the one, you feel, Scotland had to win. Up next are an England side fancied for tournament glory while Croatia were the 2018 World Cup finalists. Scotland have proven before they can match Czech Republic but were on the other side of the fine margins on the biggest stage.
Kieran Tierney is a mainstay at left-centre-back but was missing with a knock in this encounter. His passing from the back and ability to bomb forward was desperately missed and it seemed to have an impact on Scotland’s overall play.
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