On Monday 14th, the conclusion of the first round of group D of the Eurocup took place. The Czech Republic played against Scotland in Glasgow, a Scottish city. The match was won by the Czech team, by the score of 2-0. The victory boosted morale and the team’s chances of advancing in the tournament in second or even first if everything goes well.
The match in Scottish lands had the outstanding performance of Patrik Schick, who scored both goals of the Czech victory, one of them being a painting from midfield. The player has become the top scorer of the competition and is already thinking about higher flights.
Real chances of qualification
Group D in the Eurocup, so far, has the Czech Republic in the lead. With three points, the team overtakes England since it has a superior goal difference. The Czech team has a goal difference of two, against one of England, which beat Croatia on Sunday, 13, by 1-0.
The Czech Republic’s victory brought cheer and increased the team’s chances of advancing and even thinking about the group’s top and no longer about a place among the third best. The victory reflected, also, on the Bet365 markets, which involve qualifying results in the Czech group. As a result, the Czech Republic has excellent odds to advance, according to the site. The Czechs are at odds of 1.08 for qualification. Furthermore, to finish on top and advance to the knockout stage, the Czech Republic has odds of 6.00 since England is still the biggest favorite to top the group.
The Czech Republic’s next match is against Croatia. A small step already practically guarantees a place for the Czechs. Therefore, a draw against Croatia would be of great value for the Czechs. However, the score would still significantly reduce the Croatians’ chances of going through.
Czech defense behaves well
The Czech Republic entered the European Championships with an unpleasant sequence of games. The Czechs have had their opponents’ balls in their net five games in a row. During this period, the team conceded nine goals.
However, the defensive system with Vaclik, Vladimir Coufal, Celustka, Tomas Kalas, and Jan Boril performed very well against Scotland. As a result, the team came away with a clean sheet, which gave them the lead in the group. The match featured an excellent performance by goalkeeper Vaclik, who made five good saves. In addition, the keeper blocked any Scottish goal attempts, which usually started at the feet of Robertson, Scotland’s primary name.
The Czech Republic will maintain their defensive consistency in the match against Croatia, as this will be a great asset to reach the knockout stage.
Schick stands out
However, the big name in the Czech-Scottish encounter was Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick, who wears the Czech Republic No. 10. The youngster scored twice to tie the Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku for the top scorer position, for exemple. Schick also scored a goal from midfield, worthy of winning the Puskás Award.
The player had already had a good season in the championships involving German soccer and the Europa League, passing the mark of 15 goals in the season. Patrik Schick has entered the fight for a challenging but not impossible fight for top scorer in the European Championship. The player started in front and will have at least three more games to increase his numbers.