The Czech Republic spoiled Scotland’s return to a major international tournament, the first since 1998, by winning in Glasgow (2–0) in the second match of Euro’s Group D on Monday, the day after England’s win against Croatia. (1-0).
After ten complicated first minutes, the Czechs gained dominance in this first act by putting high pressure to put the Scots in difficulty, passing Scottish pressure. The chance to score the first goal was also a check with a recovery from Schick in the box which forced goalkeeper Marshall to parade. Despite a timid reaction, on an off-target recovery from Dykes at the near post, Scotland struggled to return to the game.
In a hotly contested game marked by doubles on the lawn, the Czech Republic showed technical superiority. and materialized a good period a few minutes from half-time and chased a cross from signed Kaufal (0-1, 42nd) to the right to open the scoring on a header from Schick.
Scotland came back well in the second half: Hendry found the crossbar, then Czech goalkeeper Vklik worked with a brilliant save to avoid lobbying. But Schick came out of his box to make the break on an exceptional goal. From the center line, the Leverkusen striker deceives Marshall with a brilliant lob (0-2, 52nd)! An actual cold shower at a Hampden Park stadium was completely capped off by this stroke of genius.
The meeting went a little crazy after this second goal, and the Scots pushed to try to get back on the score. However, the solid, Czech defense repelled all opposing attacks. And Schick could also take a hat-trick at the end of the game on a strike in the opposing goalkeeper’s gloves. There are no regrets for the scorer of the day as his team maintained its advantage and took the lead in Group D thanks to a better goal difference than England.
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