The Czech Republic captured Scotland with the help of Patrick Shiki

The Czech Republic captured Scotland with the help of Patrick Shiki

A brace from Patrick Schick, whose brilliant midfield lob allowed the Czechs to storm the Scots at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Monday (2-0) and succeed in their entry into Group D of Euro 2020.

The hero of the penalty shoot-out in Serbia that allowed his team 23 years away from major tournaments didn’t exempt goalkeeper David Marshall from all reprimands on a 2-0 goal.

a winning midfield lob

Off his field, he could only accompany the Bayer Leverkusen striker by running an improvised and untied strike, practically on the center line, after a Scottish shot block (52nd).

“I played this game about three times in my head, I imagined different situations and the second goal was the icing on the cake”, Schick said on Czech television. “The ball rebounded, the goalkeeper was advanced enough, I took a look, I saw he was outside (of the box) so I hit”

Already before the break, it was Schick who rose above Liam Cooper to open the scoring with a header (1-0, 42nd).

Ten brutal minutes for the Scots, who dramatically lacked realism in front of the target.

Tomas Váklik may have lost his starting spot in Seville at age 32, but he remains a big part of the choice in the national team.

In turn, deviations from captain Andy Robertson (32nd), Lyndon Dykes (66th) and even his own defender Tomas Kalas (49th) saw their trajectory towards the net interrupted by Vaiklick.

And when the porter was beaten, the bar got involved, as did Jack Hendry’s strike in the 48th.

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Scots in a difficult situation

These lost opportunities will only allow more than 9,847 spectators to line Hampden Park’s stands, not to mention the millions of Scots of all ages who have taken a break from work or school to observe the semi-historic event. on TV.

The defeat has put the Scots in a precarious position already in the standings.

Their next match would see them, on Friday, at Wembley to face the English, who had bested the Croatian vice-world champions for a high-pressure match on Sunday (1–0), if they avoided last place. Want to avoid the synonym of guarantee before the eighth.

Czech, they move to the top of the group on goal difference and are full of confidence in a stadium where they will face Luka Modric and others, also in Glasgow on Friday.


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