The Group D clash in EURO 2020 between Scotland and Czech Republic produced one of the most memorable moments in the history of the tournament. The 25-year-old striker Patrik Schick scored the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute to give Czech Republic a surprising lead at Hampden Park in Glasgow. With Scotland coming out strongly in the second half in pursuit of an equalizer, their hopes were shattered by an unreal moment of brilliance on the field.
It was the 52nd minute of the game as Scotland's Jack Hendry attempted a long-range effort but the shot was well blocked by Tomas Soucek. The ball bounced back and landed in the path of Patrik Schick who spotted David Marshall standing off his line at the goal. The 25-year-old tried to improvise in the situation and smashed the ball first-time from the half-way line which went over the goalkeeper and straight into the nets. Everyone in the stadium was left stunned as they saw one of the best-ever goals scored in an international football match.
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It was a nice goal: Schick
The 29-year-old was undoubtedly delighted with his goal and talked about it after the match. Schick said, "I saw the keeper off his line, I checked already in the first half. I thought maybe this situation will come. I knew he stays very high, so when the ball came, I quickly checked where he was standing, and it was a nice goal."
Schick's screamer was notably scored from 49.7 yards out which also broke the record of being the longest-distance goal in the history of the tournament. The outstanding brace by the Czech Republic forward guided his side to an impressive 2-0 victory over Scotland in their first match of EURO 2020.