The Czech Republic ruined Scotland’s return to the football tournament with a 2-0 victory at Hampden Park, with Schick scoring a superb header and then from the center line. They drew 1-1 with Croatia, before Raheem Sterling’s header sentenced them to a 1-0 defeat at Wembley. They were underdogs in the round of 16 against the Netherlands, but put in a strong team performance and took advantage of Matthijs de Ligt’s red card.
Who will they play in the semi-finals?
The winner of this tie will face either England or Ukraine in the semi-finals at Wembley. England v Ukraine will follow this match at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
What are our writers saying?
Mike McGrath has experience with Czech Republic scoring hero Schick:
Schick failed two medicals before a proposed transfer to Juventus and a heart problem was discovered. It looked like his progress in Italy was halted after starting well at Sampdoria, but two seasons in Germany dispelled any uncertainty.
Thom Gibbs shatters Schick’s marvelous goal against Scotland in a five-act tragedy for David Marshall:
David Marshall didn’t even try to save him, he just ran desperately towards the goal as he passed over his head like a tough joke.
Oliver Brown writes that the reaction of Kjaer and Eriksen’s Danish teammates was the highest form of teamwork and athletic camaraderie:
It only took a few seconds for Kjaer to suppress the shock of seeing his friend lying on the grass for him to call for initial medical help. When the trauma of these views finally subsides, it will be to the Milan center-back that one of the largest debts of gratitude will be owed.