The Czech Republic defeats a ‘hard lesson’ for Scotland

Andy Robertson says Scotland’s 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 group stage opener was a ‘hard lesson’.

Steve Clarke’s side were beaten in their tournament opener at Hampden Park when Patrick Shick scored twice for the Czechs to get their campaign off to a perfect start in Glasgow.

Scotland started nicely and created several opportunities during an impressive opening, but failed to take advantage of their chances as much as possible and got a hammer blow on the break blow when Schick headed home the opening goal.

The 25-year-old doubled the Czech Republic’s advantage and his personal atmosphere in sublime style just seven minutes after the interval, shooting a shot from almost 50 yards after seeing David Marshall from his line – the longest distance a goal has ever been scored from European Championship.

Scotland pushed hard to gain a foothold back in the game, but struggled to produce quality moments as they ventured forward, with Robertson admitting the difference between the two teams was the ability to convert chances.

“It’s hard to put your finger on it right now,” Robertson said BBC.

“Everyone in the country wanted a good start. We were confident, excited, and it’s not going to take our chances.

“You can not say that we have not created, we have had some really good chances that we should have done better with.

“If you do better at it, then it’s a different game. It is a hard lesson for us that at the highest level, at the best tournaments, you have to take your chances. The Czech Republic did it, we did not. ”

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