After three intense and emotional first days, Euro 2020 continued this Monday afternoon with the meeting between Scotland and the Czech Republic on the menu. Two formations who wanted to win on this first day and thus join at the head of group D England, which beat Croatia (1-0). To win at home, in a packed Hampden Park, Steve Clark bet on 3-5-2 with Dykes and Christie in front. Opposite, the Czechs started in 4-2-3-1 with Schick in the lead.
From the outset, the Scots started off with a bang, putting rhythm and intensity in the duels. They were also the first to be dangerous with McGinn, who attempted a strike countered by Kalas, who was at the origin of a bad clearance (6th). Asphyxiated for ten minutes, the Czechs touched the ball a little more with Darida (13th, free kick) before obtaining a clear opportunity with Schick, whose recovery from the left was pushed back for a corner by Marshall (16th). In the process, Scotland replied with a shot from Dykes which passed near the frame (18th). The two teams surrendered blow for blow.
Schick scored a magnificent goal
And while the Czech Republic pushed, Scotland tried to open the scoring against. Lonely on the left side, Robertson, served by Christie, sent a powerful shot from the inside of the left foot deflected for a corner by Vaclik, solid on his line (32nd). The match ignited before falling back. The Czechs put the game down and it paid off. After a good call, Coufal centered right for Schick who placed a winning uncrossed header (0-1, 42nd). And if McTomminay claimed a penalty (45th), the score did not change at the break (0-1). Upon resumption, Marshall repelled the attempts of Schick (46th) and Darida (47th). In the 48th, Scotland responded with a shot on Hendry’s crossbar.
Defeated on this occasion, Vaclick saved his family with a firm hand as he was lobbed by Kalas and under threat from Dyke. In the process, Schick, seeing that Marshall was too advanced, scored with a sublime lob from the left of about 45 meters (0-2, 52nd). Affected, the Scots suffered. They reacted with Armstrong (61st), Dykes (62nd, 66th shot from close range). But all failed against an excellent Vaclick. The Czech Republic insisted with Schick, close to the treble (81st). Despite opportunities on both sides, the score did not change. The Czechs won 2 to O and struck a nice blow by coming back up to England in the standings (3 points).