cotland suffered a painful opening defeat at Euro 2020 as Patrik Schick scored twice – including with a sublime strike from the halfway line – to fire the Czech Republic to a 2-0 victory in Glasgow on Monday afternoon.
A huge disappointment for the Scots in their first match at a major tournament finals since the 1998 World Cup and a potentially critical blow already to hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
Simon Collings was at Hampden Park to run the rule over the Scotland players…
Made a string of great saves, particularly at the start of the second half. That work was undone, however, when Schick lobbed him from near the halfway line.
Unlucky not to find the net just after half-time when his effort struck the crossbar. Had a fairly solid game defensively.
Despite the scoreline he actually had a good game. Won nearly every 50-50 he was involved in and was composed on the ball.
Played on the left of a back three in the absence of the injured Kieran Tierney. Did okay but lacked the attacking threat that Tierney does.
Had a horrible first half and really struggled. He was a bit better after the break, but his place should be under threat for the England game.
Provided plenty of energy and running in midfield. Went close to scoring just after the hour mark, but his effort was blocked and sent over the bar.
Broke up play well and was very busy in midfield. Put in one huge tackle that got the whole of Hampden on its feet.
Pushed forward a lot from midfield and tried to impact the game. Became more influential as the match went on.
Andy Robertson 8 | Star man
Comfortably Scotland’s best player on a disappointing afternoon. Their best attacking outlet and showed more composure than anyone else.
Taken off at half-time but didn’t actually give too bad an account of himself. Worked hard alongside Dykes, however nothing came off.
Almost scored in the first half from Robertson’s cross. Looked better in the second half when playing alongside Adams. Missed a great chance to make it 2-1.
Che Adams (Christie 45’) 7
Made a big difference when he came on at half-time. Has to start against England on Friday.
Callum McGregor (Hendry 67’) 5
Tried to get into the game when he came on, but couldn’t make much of an impact.
Ryan Fraser (Armstrong 67’) 5
A few jinky runs, but a pretty quiet cameo from the Newcastle winger.
Kevin Nisbet (Dykes 78’) N/A
James Forrest (O’Donnell 79’ ) N/A
Subs not used: Gordon, McLaughlin, Taylor, Turnbull, Patterson, Gilmour, McKenna.