Patrik Schick scored an unbelievable objective from near the midway line because the Czech Republic dealt Scotland a 2-Zero defeat of their Euro 2020 opener.
The Bayer Leverkusen striker broke the impasse with a nice header previous David Marshall within the 42nd minute, earlier than his unbelievable second-half strike gave his aspect some much-needed respiration area at Hampden Park.
Hopes for Scotland had been excessive going into their first main event since 1998.
They began brightly in entrance of 12,500 raucous followers at Hampden Park, and went shut via Lyndon Dykes and Andy Robertson.
Dykes prodded a Robertson cross vast, earlier than the Liverpool left-back had a side-footed effort saved by Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
However regardless of the Scotland stress, it was the Czechs who took the lead when the spectacular Schick headed in a cross from West Ham full-back Vladimir Coufal simply earlier than half-time.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke introduced on Che Adams at half-time in an try and inject extra urgency into his group’s assault.
Nevertheless, the Scots might have discovered themselves 2-Zero down inside the first 70 seconds of the second half.
Schick had a strong close-range shot saved by Marshall, earlier than the goalkeeper was referred to as upon seconds later to disclaim Vladimir Darida from shut vary.
It was then Scotland’s flip to assault as Jack Hendry hit the crossbar after looping the ball over Vaclik as they desperately looked for an equaliser.
And Scotland have been desperately unfortunate as soon as extra when Robertson’s inviting via ball was intercepted by Tomas Kalas and clawed away by Vaclik, who had Dykes respiration down his neck.
Then the second of magic got here from Schick to seal the win for the Czechs.
Hendry’s speculative shot was closed down by Tomas Soucek and the ball fell into the trail of the 25-year-old, who hit it first time after he took a stride into the Scotland half.
The ball started exterior the objective and curled spherical, over the top of a helpless Marshall within the Scotland objective.
It was an unbelievable strike and it’s onerous to think about it is going to be bettered over the course of the competitors.
Substitute James Forrest got here shut once more because the clock ticked down. However as a substitute of pulling one again, it was the Czechs who got here near including one other as Michael Krmencik noticed a shot pushed away by Marshall.
The Scots knew they in all probability wanted a win to face an opportunity of a dream run to the knockout levels however a 2-Zero defeat is a nightmare begin for Clarke’s aspect.
They now go to Wembley on Friday to face England, understanding they must get a outcome with Croatia to comply with in Group D.
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