Scotland put up a brilliant performance for a well-earned point against one of the tournament favourites England at Euro 2020. The rain was pouring down for the whole match at Wembley Stadium. With the point, Scotland keeps their hopes of a knockout stage berth alive after dropping all three points against the Czech Republic in their opening game.
Scotland had the better of the chances for the two teams with Che Adams failing to score on three occasions. Jordan Pickford made two brilliant saves while Lyndon Dykes shot was cleared off the line by Reece James. Earlier, John Stones hit the inside of the post for England’s only real chance in the game.
England: Pickford (8), James (5), Stones (6), Mings (8), Shaw (7), Rice (5), Phillips (6), Mount (6), Foden (5), Sterling (6), Kane (3).
Subs used: Grealish (7), Rashford (6),
Scotland: Marshall (7), O’Donnell (8), McTominay (7), Hanley (8), Tierney (8), Robertson (7), McGinn (7), McGregor (6), Gilmour (8), Dykes (7), Adams (7).
Subs used: Armstrong (5), Nisbet (N/A)
Man of the match: Billy Gilmour (Scotland)
England boss Gareth Southgate: “It’s a fair scoreline, we didn’t do enough to win the game or create enough clear-cut chances, but we didn’t deserve to lose it either.” Southgate said after England drew with Scotland. “I have to give huge credit to Scotland, they used the ball well and defended very well, we couldn’t find the solutions. We had moments down the sides where the spaces were against them but weren’t able to exploit those spaces. In the end, we didn’t do enough to win, but this is a tournament and it’s critical when you don’t win to lose.”
Scotland boss Steve Clarke: “Stephen O’Donnell was exceptional, and Billy was just behind him. It was nice for him to get that start, a big platform, a big player, Billy.” he added. “I’ve said for a long time he’ll be a big part of the future of Scottish football; we know what we’ve got in the camp, we’ll try to manage that and keep a lid on things. Performances like that will do him no harm whatsoever.”