Euro 2020: Daily briefing
The two nations are joined in Group D at Euro 2020 by England and Croatia, who went head-to-head at Wembley Stadium yesterday as the Three Lions emerged 1-0 winnersthanks to a second-half Raheem Sterling goal. England will now be clear favourites to win the group, but the remaining teams will know that one victory may be enough to carry them into the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed finishers. Scotland and the Czech Republic would both snap a hand off for guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages, but must instead look to come out on top in this afternoon’s meeting.
The headline team news sees Kieran Tierney of Arsenal miss out on the matchday squad. Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson captains the side from left wing-back. Manchester United’s Scott McTominay and John McGinn of Aston Villa start together in the centre of midfield.
Follow live updates and analysis from Scotland vs Czech Republic at Euro 2020 below:
Euro 2020: Scotland 0-0 Czech Republic
1 min: We’re off and running in Glasgow!
Can Scotland get a monumental win?
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 14:02
Scotland’s first major tournament game imminent
The anthems have been sung – the Scottish anthem was belted out around Hampden Park!
The fans are ready. The players are ready.
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 14:00
Czech yourself before you wreck yourself
Steve Clarke has 11 wins from his 22 games in charge, with four of his six defeats coming in the first five internationals. Scotland have beaten just one side ranked above them in that time – the Czech Republic twice!
Scotland’s 2-1 success in Olomouc in September 2020 came against a heavily depleted Czech team following a Covid outbreak.
Both sides had some big names missing for the return at Hampden in October and an early goal from Ryan Fraser proved to be enough, although the second-half was a siege on David Marshall’s goal.
Factor in a 1-0 friendly victory in Prague in March 2016 and Scotland have won their last three matches against the Czech Republic and are unbeaten in four.
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:55
History favours Tartan Army
Scotland have won each of their last three matches against the Czech Republic, their longest current winning run against any of the other 23 nations qualified for Euro 2020.
Can they get all three points today?
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:51
High press is key for Scotland
Italy revealed how to beat the Czechs with a 4-0 win in their recent warm-up friendly. Roberto Mancini’s side pressed them high and did not allow them to build from the back, as the Czech Republic did in their next game – a 3-1 win over Albania.
Sparta Prague’s Ondrej Celustka looked particularly vulnerable on the right of their central defence and Viktoria Plzen’s Jakub Brabec didn’t look too clever either. If Lyndon Dykes and Ryan Christie can press effectively, they could create chances for Scotland.
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:47
Tierney out due to training ‘niggle’
Scotland boss Steve Clarke on the absence of Kieran Tierney to BBC: “Kieran picked up a little niggle in training during the week.
“Not ready for this one, hopefully ready for the next one [against England].”
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:41
European Championship record
The Czech Republic are far more experienced than their opponents, who are playing in just their seventh European Championship finals match.
Scotland Euro record: P6 W2 D1 L3 (Goals for 4, goals against 5)
Czech Republic Euro record: P32 W16 D6 L13 (Goals for 42, goals against 43)
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:39
Macpherson hopes Scotland ‘haven’t been listening’ to build-up
One of Scottish football’s most famous voices says Scotland must avoid the hype, but he is confident the Tartan Army can get the win in their opening match of Euro 2020.
Archie Macpherson tells Radio Scotland’s Lunchtime Live this is a ‘huge’ occasion.
“I hope the Scotland team haven’t been listening too much to the build-up,” the commentator warned.
“I think Scotland will win today despite what I am saying about going over the top.”
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:34
Euro 2020: 61% of Scotland fans expect group stage exit
A YouGov survey in the leadup to the Euros has revealed that 61% of Scotland fans think they will be knocked out in the group stages.
Former Scotland Manager Gordon Strachan, speaking at the Betfair Manager’s panel, said: “We need to find the 61% who think we will go out in the group stages and convince them we are going to do better than that. I genuinely believe we are going to get through the group stage.
“The 61% will have seen an improvement over the last year – and if they are really watching it closely, they will have changed their mind. I speak to a lot of people in football, and they are convinced that Scotland can have a good tournament.”
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:28
West Ham duo start for Czech Republic
Andrew Gamble14 June 2021 13:20