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Euro 2020 | Schick brace earns Czech Republic win over Wales

Patrik Schick scored twice as the Czech Republic inflicted a 2-0 defeat on hosts Scotland at Hampden Park in Group D of Euro 2020.

Schick gave the visitors the lead with an excellent header in the 42nd minute, before audaciously lobbing Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall from the halfway line with a stunning second goal early in the second half.

The Bayer Leverkusen attacker's sensational strike is an early contender for goal of the tournament, and will go down as one of the great European Championship goals.

Steve Clarke's hosts - who were missing Kieran Tierney through injury - made a bright start on home soil, with John McGinn seeing an early volley blocked by Tomas Kalas in the box after some sloppy Czech defending.

In the 15th minute, Schick forced Marshall into a smart low save at his near post after McGinn was dispossessed deep in the Scotland half. A few minutes later, Lyndon Dykes prodded a pinpoint cross from Scotland skipper Andy Robertson narrowly wide of the near post.

Robertson then went close on the half hour mark, but his left-footed drive from the edge of the box being tipped over by Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik after Ryan Christie's pass picked out the Liverpool left back in space.

It was the visitors, however, who notched the game's first goal three minutes before half time.

Vladimir Coufal found himself in space down the right channel, and the West Ham defender lofted an inviting cross into the box.

Schick met the cross with a beautiful header which sailed into the far corner past the diving Marshall to give the Czech Republic the lead at the break.

Clarke replaced Christie with Che Adams at the interval, but it was Jaroslav Silhavy's men who started the second half on the front foot.

Marshall made a good save to deny Schick within 60 seconds of the restart, before Jack Hendry hit the crossbar at the other end after Vaclik punched a cross out to the edge of the box.

Vaclik then made a superb recovery to tip away Kalas's miskick - which was bouncing towards his own net - from Robertson's cross from deep.

Schick doubled his tally in the 52nd minute with a moment of sheer magic.

The 25-year-old looked up on the halfway line, and spotting Marshall off his line, found the top of the net with a wonderful effort from 45 yards.

Scotland came close to halving the deficit on the hour mark, with Stuart Armstrong's effort from 20 yards deflecting on to the roof of the net. A moment later, Vaclik made a fantastic save to deny Dykes at point blank range following a Scottish free kick.

Dykes should have scored in the 65th minute, but his side-footed effort from 12 yards was saved by Vaclik's feet.

The Tartan Army continued to push for a way back into the game, but the Czech defence held firm at Hampden.

Boos rang out at the full time whistle.

England beat Croatia 1-0 at Wembley in Group D's other fixture.

Next up for Scotland is a clash with bitter rivals England on Friday night, with Czech Republic set to play Croatia.

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