Scotland's goalkeeper David Marshall fails to safe a long distance shot by Patrik Schick. AP
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Czech Republic's Patrik Schick netted brace including a stunning effort from near the halfway line as Czech Republic blanked Scotland 2-0 on Monday in their Group D opener at Euro 2020.
He scored one of the most remarkable goals in European Championship history to give Czech Republic a flying start and shatter the Scotland hopes in Glasgow.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward put Czechs ahead with an excellent header in the first half, doubled his tally after the break with a curling, looping effort from just inside the Scotland half, having spotted home keeper David Marshall far off his line.
At 49.7 yards, Schick’s astonishing effort was officially the furthest recorded distance from which a goal has been scored at the European Championship.
After a 23-year wait to qualify for a major tournament, Scotland's hopes of making more history by getting out of the group for the first time now look slim.
Steve Clarke's men face England next on Friday at Wembley before hosting World Cup finalists Croatia at Hampden on June 22.
Playing in front of fans at Hampden for the first time since November 2019 with 12,000 in attendance, Scotland made a nervous start.
Scotland’s long-awaited return to a major international tournament was ruined by Patrik Schick’s “genius” said Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy after a stunning finish from the Bayer Leverkusen forward sealed a 2-0 win at Hampden on Monday.
Bayer Leverkusen forward Patrik Schick and Tomas Holes were on target as a resilient Czechs put up a rampant performance to move into the last four of the showpiece event.
Belgium and the Netherlands both cruised to 4-0 wins over Scotland and Estonia respectively in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday, while Germany claimed a crucial victory over Northern Ireland
Mohammad Rizwan underlined why he will be a key weapon for Pakistan at the Twenty20 World Cup, top-scoring in a 21-run win over Bangladesh in Christchurch on Friday.
Qatar has ordered most government employees to work from home during next month's soccer World Cup while schools will have reduced hours two weeks before the tournament before shutting as the country prepares for a big influx of visitors.
Dejounte Murray scored 25 points in his Atlanta debut and the Hawks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-113 on Thursday in the NBA’s first game in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf.
Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller hit unbeaten half-centuries to set up a nine-run win for South Africa in a rain-reduced opening one-day international (ODI) against India on Thursday. The left-handed Miller (75) and Klaasen (74) put on an unbeaten stand of 139 runs after the tourists lost their top four