Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic: 5 talking points as Patrik Schick stuns Steve Clarke’s men

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Scotland suffered a disappointing defeat to Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 opener at Hampden.

The Czechs claimed a 2-0 win over Steve Clarke's men thanks to a brace from Patrik Schick including a stunning long-range effort that caught David Marshall off his line.

Scotland were on top for the majority of the first half but couldn't find the breakthrough before the Bayer Leverkusen striker gave his side the edge with a brilliant glancing header.

The Tartan Army came flying out the blocks at the break as they looked to get back into the game, with Clarke going two up top, but Schick had other ideas as he lobbed Marshall from distance with an audacious effort.

Scotland had their fair share of chances, the majority falling to Lyndon Dykes, but were not clinical enough in front of goal as they now leave themselves a mountain to climb in the group with England and Croatia up next.

Here are five talking points from Hampden.

David Marshall was caught off his line by Patrik Schick
(Image: PA)

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Schicking point

Schick wasn't a part of the Czech side that Scotland beat earlier in the year and clearly he wanted to make amends for that.

He scored a brilliant opening goal as he directed his header past Marshall before a stunning long-range effort to give his country a 2-0 lead and the victory.

He caught Marshall off his line as the Czechs countered but he still had it all to do as he curled it beyond the Scotland keeper.

Questions need to be asked about the goalie's positioning as well as Jack Hendry's decision to take an ill-advised shot just before that.

But take nothing away from the Bayer Leverkusen striker, that's one of the best goals we will see in the competition.

Patrik Schick celebrates his goal
(Image: PA)

Tierney blow

As much as Andy Robertson covered as much as he could for Tierney's absence, the Arsenal full-back was sorely missed.

Tierney has been instrumental for Scotland in their warm-up games for the Euros and formed a devastating partnership with Robertson down the left-hand side.

The fact his omission was such a late decision didn't help matters either.

The former Celtic star usually starts Scotland's attacks from the back and his hard-nosed defending is always an asset, nevermind his presence and leadership.

Tierney tends to be Scotland's best player and he doesn't even play in his natural position which just shows how big a miss he was.

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Captain's performance

The Liverpool left-back led by example with an inspiring performance at left wing back.

He drove Scotland up the pitch at every opportunity and nearly gave Scotland the lead in the first half as Tomas Vaclik, who is a free agent after leaving Sevilla, was forced into a brilliant save.

His delivery was also first class as he regularly put crosses into dangerous areas for Dykes to get on the end of.

Scotland needed a big performance from him with Kieran Tierney's absence and he delivered, it's just a shame for Scotland it was in a losing effort.

Che Adams came on at half time for Scotland
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Clarke calls don't pay off

Steve Clarke had some tough calls to make for his team selection but he surprised a few by leaving Che Adams out.

The Southampton striker has been impressive since bursting onto the international scene but was left on the bench for Dykes.

Clarke opted to play two up top as they brought him on at half time for Ryan Christie, but he barely had a chance to get into the game before they were down 2-0 shortly after the break.

Dykes wasted a number of clear-cut chances which could see Adams get the nod against England in their next game.

It's probably not coming 'hame'

Scotland's chances of reaching the knockout stages have taken a huge blow as this was, on paper, their easiest game with England and Croatia up next.

It was imperative to avoid defeat but it will be an uphill task now.

A little perspective is needed as it shouldn't be forgotten this is Scotland's first major tournament since 1998, but unfortunately, they did not rise to the occasion.

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