With his gala including the long-range stroke of genius, Patrik Schick conjured himself up directly among the greats of Czech football. As the last national player to date, the former Dortmund Tomas Rosicky had scored two goals in one game in a major tournament 15 years ago. And for Schick, after the two goals for the 2-0 (1-0) against Scotland at the start of the European Championship, from the point of view of his coach, the end is far from over. “He's a great footballer. That will not be his last goal, we will see more of him, ”promised Jaroslav Silhavy for the European Football Championship.
With a sensational shot from 45 meters, he made the Czech Republic's opening win perfect (52nd), and he had already scored the first goal (42nd). And as man of the day he ruined the proud Scots' comeback in the European Championship. “I had this idea in the first half. When the ball came, I saw that the goalkeeper was too far ahead and just tried, "said Schick in the BBC about his dream hit:" The win was very important, we are happy. "
With the away win in Hampden Park in Glasgow against outsiders Scotland, the Czechs have already fulfilled their duty to reach the round of 16.
"It wasn't easy at all, we all knew beforehand that it would be a difficult game for us - maybe even the decisive game in this group," said Hertha BSC captain Vladimir Darida.
Now the first jump into the knockout phase of a European Championship since 2012 should be made perfectly against the two higher-traded teams in Group D.
"We have to approach the games against Croatia and England with the same teamwork and the same energy," emphasized striker Schick.
“And I believe that we will do just that.” The euphoria is also growing in the home country: “The beginning of dreams!”, Wrote the Internet portal “sport.cz”.
The 25-year-old Schick has a significant share.
At the end of the last Bundesliga season, the Bayer Leverkusen professional was in a low form.
In the Czech national jersey, however, the central attacker shone with eight goals in the past eleven games.
His coach was always raved when he was asked about his number 10.
"We know he's a genius and that he knows how to lock," said Silhavy.
Next Friday (6:00 p.m.) the Czechs could secure their ticket for the round of the best 16 against vice world champions Croatia, who made a bad impression in the 1-0 draw against England.
If possible with other great deeds by Schick.