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Scotland vs Czech Republic LIVE Football Score 14 June 2021

Scotland vs Czech Republic LIVE Football Score 14 June 2021

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It was 1998 when Scotland last played a major tournament game, losing 3-0 to Morocco to exit the FIFA World Cup in France, but now they are back and for the first time get to play a finals match at Hampden Park. Czech Republic will hope for better than in last autumn’s UEFA Nations League encounters with the Scots, who won both fixtures including a 1-0 victory in Glasgow.

Scotland will be looking to make the perfect start to their Group D campaign when they open their European Championship with a clash against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Monday afternoon. England and Croatia are the favourites to claim the top two positions in this section, but third spot could yet be enough to advance to the round of 16, and Steve Clarke’s side will be eyeing a huge three points here

Monday’s clash at Hampden Park will mark Scotland’s first match at a major international tournament since the 1998 World Cup, while they are competing in the finals of the European Championship for the first time since Euro 1996, when they also famously took on England in the group stage.

Scotland dramatically qualified for Euro 2020 courtesy of back-to-back penalty-shootout victories over Israel and Serbia in the semi-finals and final of the playoffs. Clarke’s team are certainly outsiders when it comes to claiming a top-two spot in this group, but a win on Monday would place them in an excellent position in the section ahead of the monumental clash with England at Wembley Stadium on June 18.

The Scots will be feeling good about their preparations for this summer’s tournament, having picked up a respectable 2-2 draw with the Netherlands in a friendly on June 2 before recording a 1-0 win over Luxembourg on June 6 courtesy of a first-half effort from Che Adams. Scotland have failed to progress past the group stage in their two previous participations in the European Championship, but Clarke has put together a squad capable of challenging for a spot in the round of 16.

Czech Republic’s Ondrej Celustka celebrates scoring their third goal with Tomas Soucek on June 8, 2021
© Reuters Czech Republic, though, will also certainly have their eyes on a position in the knockout round of the competition and will view Monday’s clash with Scotland as key to their chances of progression.

Jaroslav Silhavy’s side suffered a 4-0 defeat to Italy in their first pre-tournament friendly on June 4 but managed to return to winning ways on June 8 courtesy of a 3-1 success over Albania. It is difficult to know exactly what to expect from the Czechs this summer, as they can be inconsistent, but a draw with Belgium in a 2022 World Cup qualifier back in March was an indication of their credentials.

Czech Republic famously finished as runners-up to Germany at Euro 1996, while they made the semi-finals of this competition in 2004 before also claiming a quarter-final spot at Euro 2012 – making them a side more than capable of negotiating their way into the latter stages of the tournament. Silhavy’s team will, rightly or wrongly, view Scotland as their weakest opponents in this group, and the fact that they finish the section with successive matches against Croatia and England means that the 1996 finalists cannot afford a slip up at Hampden Park.

Possible line-ups

Meet the teams: Czech Republic

Scotland: Marshall; Hendry, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McTominay, McGregor, McGinn, Robertson; Dykes, Adams

Czech Republic: Vaclík; Coufal, Čelůstka, Kalas, Bořil; Souček, Král; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Schick

Reporters’ views

Alex O’Henley, Scotland reporter: The consensus appears to be that this game against Czech Republic could open a path for the Scots to progress to the knockout stage for the first time. Victories home and away in the last year should give the Scots confidence, and they go into their first Group D game in fine form with just two defeats in their last 16 matches. From the coach to the players, the message all week has been we want to be positive and win the first match.”

Ondřej Zlámal, Czech Republic reporter: The Czechs know how their opponents play from their recent UEFA Nations League meetings: determined, confident, direct. Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men must make the most of their high pressing, pace and attacking football based on teamwork, and also avoid defensive blunders. The opening goal might well be the only one.

 

 

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