Sport Czech boss Silhavy doesn't expect animosity with Scotland
Scotland's high hopes undone by slick Schick and self-inflicted mistakes
After 23 years waiting to join in the party at a major tournament, it took just 90 minutes for the hype and hope that has swept Scotland in recent months to make way to a familiar feeling of disappointment. Arguably his country's best player over the past year, Tierney has been fundamental to the improvement under Clarke that saw Scotland end their long wait to reach a major finals. Previous managers failed to blend him and Liverpool's Andy Robertson together in the same side with both natural left-backs.But Tierney had shone on the left side of a back three in recent months at international level.
Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy doesn’t believe there will be bad blood between his nation and Scotland in Monday's Euros clash at Hampden.
Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela is out of the tournament after receiving a ten-game UEFA ban for racially abusingmidfielder Glen Kamara.
That storm caused outrage in Scotland and led to support being expressed for Kamara across the footballing landscape.
Kudela has retained some backing in the Czech Republic, with midfielder Tomas Soucek last week describing his ban as ‘absurd’ and claiming ‘no one has proven anything’ about what the centre-back said.
Despite plea to stay away, up to 20,000 Scotland fans set to go to London for England game tonight
Up to 20,000 Scotland fans are expected to travel to London ahead of tonight's crunch Euro 2020 match against England, despite pleas to stay away. © PA David Marshall crashes into the back of the net after conceding the second goal against the Czech Republic With no fan zones available due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city's mayor Sadiq Khan asked supporters not to travel without a ticket or a "safe place" to watch the match.
Asked if the fall-out from the Europa League tie in March would lead to animosity in the Group D opener, Silhavy said: ‘I believe not. This will be a sports fight. We hope to put on a great show for the fans.
‘We don’t feel any animosity against Scotland and I believe everything will be fair play tomorrow on the pitch.’
Czech captain Vladimir Darida expects a spicy contest, though, highlighting what he perceives as Scotland’s aggressive approach.
Video: England fans boo team before being drowned out by cheers at Euro 2020 (The Independent)
‘The Scots really go into personal fights and we want to keep it on the ground and calm,’ said the Hertha Berlin man.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic have confirmed they do not intend to take the knee before their Euro 2020 matches.
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Scotland suffered a 2-0 defeat in their opening Euro 2020 game. Sportsmail's Mark Wilson assesses how Scotland's players fared, while Brian Majoribanks runs the rule over the Czech side. © Provided by Daily Mail ( SCOTLAND (3-5-2)DAVID MARSHALL – 6Desperate, forlorn retreat when beaten by Schick's 50-yard wonder strike. A few decent saves either side of the same player's headed opener. © Provided by Daily Mail ( JACK HENDRY – 5.5Whipped a shot against the bar as Scotland sought an equaliser. But another, blocked attempt led to Czech break and Schick's stunning second goal. GRANT HANLEY – 6.
England will make the gesture before games and were again booed by some fans ahead of yesterday’s 1-0 win over Croatia.
Scotland will take the knee in solidarity with their English counterparts at Wembley on Friday but stand against racism prior to other matches.
As they did before their World Cup qualifier against Wales in March, the Czechs will point to the Respect logo on the sleeve of their jerseys.
‘We want to concentrate on the football,’ said Silhavy.
‘I understand these are important topics. However, back in March we agreed on our own show of support for the fight against racism and we do not intend to change anything about that now.’
The vast European mine infuriating the neighbours .
The EU's top court has ordered Poland to halt mining at Turow, which affects water levels across the border.Several times in recent years, Milan Starec, a 39-year-old father of four from the village of Uhelna, has turned on his tap and nothing has come out. The water level is dropping because of the Turow mine, which he says is getting closer each year to the Czech border.