‘Hand Patrik Schick the Goal of the Tournament award already!’: Fans react in awe at the Czech striker’s astonishing halfway line lob against Scotland… and slam keeper David Marshall’s poor positioning
Euro 2020 is only four days old but the goal of the tournament competition could be over already after Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick scored a sensational lob from just over the halfway line.
Having already put his side ahead with a looping header against Scotland, Schick doubled the lead shortly after the half-time interval with a phenomenal strike.
The Czechs hit on the counter after a Scotland shot was charged down and as the ball was played ahead of Schick, he shot first time and looped his left-footed strike over David Marshall and into the net.
Czech Republic’s Patrik Schick scored a sensational lob from narrowly over the halfway line
Schick let fly after reaching a pass when he was only narrowly over the halfway line
Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall scrambled back helplessly to try and keep the ball out
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The official distance of the strike comes in at 49.7 yards, setting a record for the longest distance from which a goal has been scored in the history of the European Championships.
Unsurprisingly, football fans took to Twitter in amazement at Schick’s effort.
‘May as well just hand Patrik Schick the goal of the tournament award already, nobody is scoring a better goal than that,’ said one Twitter user, and plenty of others were in agreement.
One wrote: ‘Patrik Schick take a bow. Goal of the tournament. Don’t care what comes after.’
BBC presenter Gary Lineker said ‘That goal was Schick’ but amusingly, the commentary on live text service FlashScore didn’t seem too impressed.
They described Schick’s strike by saying: ‘David Marshall is stranded way out of his goal after his team loses possession and Patrik Schick has the simplest of tasks to shoot the ball into an empty net from distance.’
One fan flagged it up on Twitter, prompting FlashScore to reply by saying: ‘Sorry about that! We’ll contact our data team now and ask them to correct it.’
Others were critical of Marshall’s positioning, with the Scotland goalkeeper extremely far off his line when his side lost possession.
One viewer said: ‘Didn’t realise quite how poor David Marshall’s positioning was. He’s practically at the centre circle.’
Fans mercilessly mocked the Derby goalkeeper, comparing his last-ditch leap to try and save the shot with a long jump athlete and Michael Jordan.
Another amusingly compared the image of Marshall tangled up in his net with Spiderman tangling him up in a web.
Another wrote alongside a screen grab of Marshall closer to the halfway line than his own goalpost: ‘Anyone able to explain what the f*** Marshall was doing?’
Marshall ended up scrambling back towards his goalpost and smashing into the net as he failed to keep the ball out of goal.
And Schick said he had noticed earlier in the game how Marshall kept coming off his line.
‘I saw him [off his line], I checked in the first half when this situation would come,’ Schick told BBC Sport. ‘I was checking where he was standing.’
The Czechs ended up defeat Scotland 2-0. They face Croatia on Friday while Scotland need to brush themselves off before facing England at Wembley on the same day.