DARLINGTON (AP) – Scotland’s national football team will be looking to make it to the first knockout round of the European Championships after a much-anticipated draw against title contenders England.
“We said after the game that we weren’t ready to go home anymore. We want to stay in the tournament,” said Steven Reid, assistant coach at team headquarters in Darlington. “It was a good feeling for the moment, but it doesn’t make sense for Tuesday. Then we need results.”
The Scots then seek to enter Croatia by defeating them in their home town of Glasgow. “Hopefully we score a goal or two, otherwise we will go home,” said the assistant coach. The Bravehearts decided not to train on Saturday after a 0-0 draw against England. Several players rested on the golf course. “You would have thought the Ryder Cup was being played there,” Reid said. Loud noises were heard from the seats.
Scotland, who initially lost 2–0 to the Czech Republic, are back on the EM for the first time in 25 years. A draw or a loss against Croatia means the end. If they win, the Scots will either have to hope for England to lose to Croatia and thus meet a worse goal difference than their British rivals – or finish in the top four-thirds of the group.