Scotland were unable to walk away from their home ground as victors as Patrik Schick’s halfway line goal secured a Czech victory in their opening Euro 2020 game.
Schick opened up the scoreline in the 42nd minute after he slotted a header past Scotland’s David Marshall.
Schick, 52nd minute, made it a double for the Czech national team as he collected a loose ball in his half and curled the ball into Scotland’s goal from the halfway line.
After the opening five minutes, Scotland looked to be the stronger team in this clash as the Tartan Army provided more pressing chances in the opposition’s final third. Scott McGinn nearly broke the deadlock after five minutes as Czech’s center-back, Tomáš Kalas failed to clear the ball away. However the Bristol City defender was able to redeem himself as he immediately blocked McGinn’s shot on goal.
The visitors had a great opportunity on the right wing of Scotland’s final third in the 12th minute after Vladimír Darida was brought down by Stuart Armstrong, who only received a warning for the incident. However, the chance went begging as the ball wasn’t received by any of the Republic players.
Scotland’s goalkeeper, Marshall was forced into action, in the 16th minute, after Schick smashed the ball into the bottom right corner, following an inside pass from the byline. Fortunately, the Tartan Army goalkeeper was able to stop the ball from going in but it bounced out for a corner.
Nothing came from the corner.
Scotland’s Andrew Robertson sprinted down the left wing, in Czech’s third and was able to pick out Lyndon Dykes who whizzed the ball wide down past the right post in the 18th minute.
After a failed header from Soucek, Ryan Christie picked up the loose ball towards the Czech’s ‘D’ and managed to pick out Andy Robertson on the left wing. The Scotsman then smashed the ball at goal but it was tipped over the crossbar by Tomáš Vaclík, in the 32nd minute.
Czech were the ones to break the deadlock in the 42nd minute. Kalas launched the ball into a crowded box, however, Leverkusen’s Schick managed to tower himself above the rest and headered the ball into the bottom right corner – despite Marshall’s best efforts to stop the danger.
Despite Scotland’s best efforts to retaliate for the Republic’s opener, Steve Clarke’s men were unable to find a breakthrough before the halftime whistle was blown.
Scotland were the first to make a substitution as they made a change during the half time break as Christie made way for Southampton forward, Che Adams.
As Clarke’s men looked for a response to Czech’s opener in the first half, Jack Hendry almost equalised the scoreline with a long shot from just outside the box. However, it just made contact with the crossbar in the 48th minute.
Armstrong made contact with the ball in the 49th minute in the box and it ricocheted off Kalas’ foot as the Czech defender attempted to stop a great goal-scoring opportunity. However, the ball bounced over the head of Vaclik, who scrambled to clear away the loose ball, as Dykes chased down the potential tap it in. Fortunately, the Czech keeper was able to parry the ball away.
A screamer. An absolute beauty. The Czech national team brought the goal deficit up to two as Schick collected the ball just inside his own half and smashed a curled ball through the air, from the halfway line in the 52nd minute. Marshall was too far off his line to stop the goal from going in.
Scotland made their second and third substitutions of the game as Hendry and Armstrong were replaced with Callum McGregor and Ryan Frazer, respectively, in the 67th minute.
The Czech’s made their first set of substitutions of the game as Jakub Jankto and Lukáš Masopust were replaced by Adam Hložek and Matěj Vydra, respectively, in the 72nd minute.
The Tartan Army made another double substitution in the 79th minute as James Forrest and Kevin Nisbet replaced Stephen O’Donnell and Dykes.
Scots substitution, Nisbet tried to bring the goal deficit down as he attempted a blocked shot on goal in the 82nd minute. As the Scotsman collected the ball on the right side of the box, the Hibernian striker’s shot was deflected by Kalas which allowed Vaclik to make an easy save.
The Czech national team made their second set of double substitutions in the 87th minute as Darida and Schick made way for Michael Krmenčík and Petr Ševčík.
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