HUGE BLOW: Schick sinks the Scots in their Euro opener
PA - Andrew Milligan
Scotland's first match at a men's major finals in 23 years ended in anguish after a Patrik Schick brace saw them lose 2-0 at Hampden Park.
Schick opened the scoring just before half time as Scotland failed to clear a corner and the Bayer Leverkusen forward headed home to leave the Czech's in front going in to the break.
Just seven minutes after the restart, Schick once again silenced the 9,000 fans inside the ground.
The ball broke to the striker on the halfway line and he didn't even look up before unleashing an arcing sidefooted shot that looped over the head of David Marshall in the Scotland goal.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong believes that it was a case of missed opportunities for Scotland: "It was a difficult one, the game was very compact, there wasn’t much space, and we were playing too many long balls for our liking.
"When we passed it, we did quite well but it was hard to break them down.
"Disappointed with the way the first goal went in, apart from that we defended pretty well, and they showed real qualify for the second goal. Not to say we didn’t have chances second-half, we did, and tried to push. They were clinical. At this level you do need to be clinical.
"We need to take experiences of today, learn from what happened, make a few little tweaks to our game. Fundamentally there were some positive moments and we have to carry that through to Friday.
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