The Czechs defeated Scotland 2-0 in their opening game of the tournament.
23 years after their last major tournament (1998 World Cup),
started their Euro 2020 campaign with a defeat against the
. The Scots started the match without the service of one of their key players.Arsenal
missed the match due to getting injured in the team’s last training session ahead of the game. Scotland started the game with tempo and got their first chance in the 18th minute whenStuart Armstrong
’s cross just wide of goal to the left. TheLiverpool
defender had the chance to score the opener for his side 15 minutes later, but his powered shot was denied byTomas Vaclik
in a one-on-one situation. Despite the hosts’ impressive start to the game, the Czech Republic broke the deadlock just before half-time.Patrik Schick
headed the ball pastDavid Marshall
after he receivedVladimir Coufal
’s cross inside the box.
Scotland went full power with their attacks at the start of the second half and they were soon punished by the Czechs’ deadly firepower. Schick scored a super goal from the halfway line in the 52nd minute that doubled the Czech Republic’s lead.
’s side tried to launch a comeback after the goal, but they were denied by Vaclik’s heroics.
The Czech Republic will meet
on Friday, while Scotland are set to face their old rivals
in Wembley later that day.