Steve Clarke refuses to blame Scotland’s Marshall for being lobbed from halfwayClarke: Czech striker Schick deserves credit for ‘fantastic’ goalManager hopeful Kieran Tierney will be fit for England clash The Scotland manager, Steve Clarke, said his side would ‘learn lessons’ after being beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images
Germany on Monday refused to accept the underdogs tag in their Euro 2020 Group F opener against world champions France on Tuesday, saying they were out to win the game and pay back fans for a disappointing World Cup campaign three years ago. The Germans will play their group matches in Munich and captain Manuel Neuer said their shock 2018 World Cup first-round exit meant they had to make amends in front of a 14,000 home crowd. "It is very important to start with a successful result," goalkeeper Neuer told a virtual news conference.
France coach Didier Deschamps said it is not just his own side's attacking threat that can cause problems as he prepares to take on Germany in the European Championship in Munich on Tuesday. Much has been made of the firepower Deschamps has at his disposal ahead of France's tournament opener against Germany, with Real Madrid's Karim Benzema back in the squad and set to line up alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann in attack.
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The Czech Republic's ability to withstand early pressure in their Euro 2020 opener against Scotland on Monday was crucial before Patrik Schick's "out-of-this world" long-range strike sealed their 2-0 win, Czech coach Jaroslav Silhavy said. Roared on by a loud Hampden Park crowd, Scotland piled forward in the early stages but the Czechs defended stoutly and were bailed out by big saves from goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik. "We expected them to push from the very beginning but we managed that," Silhavy told reporters.
Scotland’s disco-fuelled return fizzles out with Steve Clarke short of ideasAfter Patrik Schick’s stunning goal for the Czech Republic, hosts full of hesitation belied their adoption of a Baccara classic David Marshall cannot hide his dismay after the Czech Republic go 1-0 up – but worse was to come for Scotland’s goalkeeper. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters
Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns is retiring from the NHL, citing his struggles with post-concussion syndrome. Johns hasn't played since appearing in the opener of the 2020 Western Conference quarterfinals against the Calgary Flames, which he left with an unspecified injury. The 29-year-old appeared in 167 career NHL games, all with Dallas, across parts of four seasons.
Graham Thorpe, the England lead batting coach, believes the Hundred will be good preparation for the India Test series because it will free England’s struggling batsmen to enjoy themselves and help forget defeat by New Zealand. There are only two rounds of the County Championship between now and the start of the five-Test series against India on Aug 4. The Hundred starts on July 22 and the England players are expected to appear in the early rounds to give the tournament launch a lift. The modern
The Czechs have already authored some of the European Championship’s most iconic goals, but Patrik Schick’s audacious long-range effort against Scotland on Monday is right up there with the best. His second goal in the Group D clash at Hampden park was struck from some 45 metres out, just inside the Scottish half as he spotted goalkeeper David Marshall off his line and hammered a left-footed lob downfield. Antonin Panenka and Karel Poborksy would have been proud.
Authorities in St Petersburg are tightening restrictions as the Russian city hosts foreign soccer fans for European Championship matches despite recording an increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Russia has reported a recent jump in coronavirus cases while continuing to host major international events. "We are glad to welcome soccer fans from different cities and countries," Alexander Beglov, St Petersburg's governor, said in a statement late on Sunday.