Brave Scotland holds England to goalless draw

Wembley: England and Scotland played out a goalless draw in London to make the equations in Group D very interesting in the UEFA Euro 2020 on Friday night.

England were the far superior team on the night and threw everything they had at the opposition but the gritty Scottish just didn’t let their oldest rivals find the back of the net and eked out a stalemate to register their first point in this tournament.

England defender John Stones headed against the post in the 12th minute while for Scotland Stephen O’Donnell forced Jordan Pickford into a diving save.

After the break, Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall did well to keep out a low drive from Mason Mount while visiting striker Che Adams missed a good chance in the 78th minute, blasting over at the back post.

It wasn’t our best performance. We want to finish top. It’s a point not what we wanted, but we’re a step closer to qualifying, England captain Harry Kane said on ITV after the game.

The result leaves England still well poised to progress, level on four points with group leaders Czech Republic who they host on Tuesday, while Scotland and Croatia have a point each ahead of their meeting in Glasgow on the same day.

The Czech Republic closed in on the Euro 2020 knockouts on Friday as a bloodied and battered Patrik Schick netted a first-half penalty to help them secure a 1-1 draw with Croatia, whose own qualification hopes will go down to the wire.

Patrick Schick, who took his tally for the tournament to three, picked himself off the turf and wiped the blood from his nose and mouth before burying a 37th minute spot kick, awarded after Dejan Lovren’s flailing elbow clattered into the striker’s face.