Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic: Schick double sinks hosts Mon, 14 Jun 2021 01:00:00 +0100-After 23 long years, Scotland this afternoon find themselves back at an international tournament as they kick off in Glasgow. Not since the 1998 World Cup have …
Steve Clarke could not help but praise Patrik Schick for his wonder goal at Hampden…
“If (Marshall) had been on his line he would have caught it but sometimes you have to credit the goalscorer,” Clarke said.
“He produced a marvelous finish and from there it becomes a difficult afternoon. We showed good invention and had chances to get back into the game but the breaks went against us at the wrong time.
“Disappointed but we have to get ready for the next one. We'll look at what we did right and what we did wrong. We didn't come here for a learning experience, we came here to be competitive.
“Sometimes a football match doesn't go your way and today was that day.”
Steve Clarke insists Scotland will not dwell on today’s defeat as they prepare to face England at Wembley on Friday.
“We'll go back to base camp, lick our wounds for 24 hours and then we'll be ready for the game on Friday,” he told the BBC.
“It's a good learning experience, we didn't come here to learn but you still have to learn your lessons. We played some good stuff, although we could have been a bit braver on the ball.
“We didn't work enough to get behind them in the first half, there are lots to learn from everybody.”
Patrik Schick has revealed that he planned his wonder goal at Hampden, having spotted David Marshall coming off his line so often….
“Yeah, I saw him (off his line). I checked in the first half when this situation would come. I knew he was staying very high and when the ball came I checked where he was standing,” he said.
“The first game is really important and we are so happy we have won the game.
“It’s always hard to play against us because we have a lot of hard-working players. Scotland were a tough opponent and we were ready for their tactics.”
“It is hard to put your finger on it. The whole country wanted to get off to a good start. I think it comes down to not taking our chances. We’ve had some really good chances that we should have done better with. For our first game in a long time it is a tough lesson for us.
“For the first one, we shouldn’t concede from second balls or set pieces. It is a good header but we’ve got to be stronger and braver with our line. The second one, we started the second half really well and then I think it is off one of our shots and it is one of the goals that… Marshy has to be in that position because if there are any balls behind he is in the perfect position. It is a one in a million shot. We need to be more clinical and if we do that we’ve got a chance.”
“We got beat so we’re disappointed. We played pretty well first half without threatening too much. First goal is a poor one to conceded. The second one is brilliant strike but again we can do better. We played alright and 2-0 flatters them but they found the quality at the right moments. We need to find it on Friday.
“We’re here at a major tournament so you need to show your quality. If we want to compete at this level we need to take those chances and today we were punished for it.
“I don’t think it is a reality check. Overall we played pretty well. It is important we don’t sulk too much. We need to do it the hard way now.”
“It was a difficult one. The game was very compact, there wasn’t much space. We were playing too many long balls for our liking. Disappointed with the first goal from a set piece. They showed real quality with the second.
“Jack hit the bar, Dykes had a shot which had a good save from the keeper. The little things didn’t go our way. At this level you need to be clinical.
“We need to take from the experience today, it is a tough one. We need to learn from what happened, make a few little tweaks to our game. There were some positive moments, we need to carry them through to Friday. It’s a big one.
“We’ve got two chances to produce a good performance and get something from them. It is about analysing what went wrong but not dwelling on it.
“We’ve been trying to focus game by game, now the first one is out of the way we can look forward to what is a very big occasion. The whole country is behind us and we need to produce a performance.”
“I’m not ruling us out against England,” says Darren Fletcher on BBC Sport. Trying to rally the troops for Friday already.
One smart header and a stunning long range strike from Schick settle this opener for the two sides. Scotland showed plenty of energy but lacked a clinical and composed touch in the final third. Onto Friday and England.
90+3 mins: It’s all gone a bit flat and frustrating for Scotland now.
84 mins: Another chance goes by! Forrest charges in from the right after a fine switch from Robertson. He jinks left and right before his shot is blocked and turned over.
Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic LIVE! Schick halfway line goal; Euros … Mon, 14 Jun 2021 01:00:00 +0100-Patrik Schick scored twice, including one from near the halfway line, as the visitors made a winning start in Group D.
The Czech Republic enjoyed a winning start to their EURO campaign with Patrik Schick scoring two wonderful goals to see off Scotland.
Match in brief
David Marshall is left grasping at thin air after Patrik Schick beats him from distanceGetty Images
Scotland had the better of the half-chances in the first half with Lyndon Dykes sweeping wide of the near post and Andy Robertson drawing a fine save from Tomáš Vaclík, but it was the visitors who struck the opening blow just before the interval when Schick expertly glanced in Vladimír Coufal's cross.
The second half was much more open. David Marshall quickly had to deny Schick and Vladimír Darida, before Scotland roared back as Jack Hendry rattled the bar and Vaclík clawed away a mis-hit clearance from Tomáš Kalas.
The inspirational Schick would have the decisive say on 52 minutes, though, spotting Marshall off his line and lobbing the Scotland goalkeeper from close to the halfway line to stun Hampden Park.
“Two great goals – the second one superb. He had numerous efforts, led the line, brought people into the game and ran the channels when necessary. Overall a great performance.”
Packie Bonner, UEFA Technical Observer
Patrik Schick wheels away after heading in the opening goalGetty Images
Alex O'Henley, Scotland reporter
This is the result Scotland dreaded. A home game against the Czech Republic, a side they have a good recent record against, offered their best chance of three points. Yes, they had chances and were superbly denied by Vaclík and an obdurate defence, but they made life difficult for themselves by giving away too many corners – losing the first goal from one – and a bit of improvised magic from Schick sealed their fate.
Ondřej Zlámal, Czech Republic reporter
What a perfect start for the Czechs! They were tactically excellent, focused and determined with a clear game plan. All of that was underlined by a fantastic team goal and a marvellous effort by Schick which will be spoken about for years, just like Karel Poborský's lob against Portugal in 1996. Well done boys, good work!
Czech Republic players celebrate after their victoryGetty Images
Patrik Schick, Czech Republic forward: “It's always hard to play against us, we have a lot of hardworking players. Scotland were a tough opponent. But we were ready for their tactics. [For my goal] I saw the goalkeeper off his line – I checked in the first half where he was standing.”
Jaroslav Šilhavý, Czech Republic coach: “The decisive factor was that we survived the early pressure from Scotland. Then we got into the game and scored the opening goal. The second goal from Patrik calmed us down and finished the job.”
Andy Robertson, Scotland defender: “We were confident, excited, and it comes down to not taking our chances. You can't say we've not created. We've had some really, really good chances that we should have done better with. If you do better on that, then it's a different game. It’s a tough lesson for us that at the highest level, at the best tournaments, you have to take your chances. Czech Republic did that, we didn't.”
Stuart Armstrong, Scotland midfielder: “The game was very compact and we were playing too many long balls. When we passed it, we did quite well but it was hard to break them down. We're disappointed with the way the first goal went in, apart from that we defended pretty well. They were clinical. At this level you do need to be clinical.”
Jack Hendry's shot hits the bar for ScotlandPOOL/AFP via Getty Images
- Schick has now scored eight goals in his last 11 international appearances.
- The opening goal was the first scored by the Czech Republic in the first half in six EURO games – the last had been against Greece in 2012.
- Schick is the first player to score two goals in a EURO game for the Czechs since Milan Baroš in a 3-0 quarter-final win over Denmark in 2004.
- The clean sheet was just the third for the visitors in their last 18 international matches.
- Marshall (36 years and 101 days) became the second-oldest player to appear for Scotland at a major tournament after 39-year-old Jim Leighton at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Scotland: Marshall; Hanley, Cooper, Hendry (McGregor 67); O'Donnell (Forrest 79), Armstrong (Fraser 67), McTominay, McGinn, Robertson; Dykes (Nisbet 79), Christie (Adams 46)
Czech Republic: Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil; Souček, Král (Holeš 67); Masopust (Vydra 72), Darida (Ševčík 87), Jankto (Hložek 72); Schick (Krmenčík 87)
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