London – Only 0-0 in the “Battle of Britain”. The England national team suffered its first setback in the 2021 European Championship final due to a goalless draw against Scotland in the second preliminary round game.
It then became involved in press criticism of the British, who went to a duel with the Scots as the clear favourites, but could not refuse. “England falls on the nose,” wrote the Daily Mail. Press reviews at a glance:
many times: “Scotland get a well-deserved point, England disappoint at Wembley. This is not the first time the Scots have seriously troubled England. A painful debate ensues, with Gareth Southgate waking up his team falls – and fans express their displeasure.”
Independent: “Intense derby at Wembley ends 0-0. A brave Scotland foils England’s ambitions.”
Telegraph: “Ken Penn – The captain gets frustrated again and drags himself off the field again. England fans say goodbye to their team.”
daily Mail: “England is falling in their face. The wooden side of Southgate is being held by the stubborn and vicious Scots.”
Guardian: “England was disappointed with steely Scotland. England had the points, they had the quality of the stars and the theory was that they would take home their favorite role and make a statement on their way to the 16th round of this European Championship. So much so. Instead, it turned into a night of despair as mistakes became apparent in Gareth Southgate’s offensive schedule at Wembley and Scotland showed their old rivals that writing them down was dangerous.”
BBC: “Real hope for Scotland, but a wake-up call for England. The sound of the ‘Flower of Scotland’ at one end of Wembley Stadium and the loud sound coming from the other end of the stadium were the initial conclusions of goalless England at Euro 2020 and Match between Scotland.”
daily Record: “Proud of Scotland. The Euro dream is alive after a heroic night at Wembley. Now the Croatians bring us.”
Scotsman: “A pride for Scotland – the draw at Wembley was well deserved. All the chances for the round of 16. Billy Gilmour was the star of the game.”
Glasgow Times: England 0, Scotland 0: The days of late heartbreak are over, Scots glimpse a bright future with Billy Gilmour at centre. IT is the oldest rivalry in international football and the Scottish performance had all the signs of glory The days of the past. But it was also a glimpse of a promising future.”
Press and Journal: “Great Scotland revive their Euro 2020 with a 0-0 draw with England. Super Scotland revive their Euro 2020 with a spectacular performance, a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley.”
South German newspaper: “Löwenharz perseveres with finesse. Scotland is fighting, England is losing the balance between heart and head: there are no goals in the 115th ‘Battle of Britain’ – but the Scots are the moral victors.”
Picture: England’s star ensemble double bolt and fails at the post. Only 0-0 against Scotland in the ‘Battle of Britain’ in London. The 115th game in the oldest duel in football history. Both first played in Glasgow in 1872 against each other – then 0:0 as of now. Outsiders Scotland very strong on the defensive (with two five bars!), the hosts’ star outfit hardly allows them to develop. “
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