Internet roasts goalkeeper after 'ridiculous' Euro 2020 moment

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Seen here, Scotland keeper David Marshall ends up tangled in the net after trying to stop a long-range shot.
Scotland keeper David Marshall's chaotic attempt to stop a goal saw him become an instant meme. Pic: Getty

Every major football tournament needs a memorable meme and unfortunately for Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall, his moment of madness against the Czech Republic at Euro 2020 was absolute internet gold for fans.

The Czechs silenced a 12,000-strong crowd at Hampden with a 2-0 win thanks to two goals and one moment of magic from Patrik Schick that will live long in the memory.

Schick's extraordinary long-range goal has understandably been hailed as one of the greatest ever seen at the European showpiece.

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Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy called Schick a "genius" after the star curled an exquisite shot into the goal from just in front of the halfway line, leaving Marshall stunned in the Scottish goal.

“We know he is a genius, he knows how to finish and that’s why he is there,” said Silhavy.

“The second goal is something out of this world, we haven’t seen a goal like that in a long time.”

Schick said he noticed Marshall come off his line earlier in the match and when the opportunity presented itself again, he took full advantage.

Marshall was made to look foolish as Schick's audacious effort saw him scramble to try and get back to his goal, before ending up tangled in the net after a frantic but ultimately fruitless diving attempt to stop the ball.

The comical sequence of events saw Marshall become an instant meme, as fans mercilessly mocked the goalkeeper on social media.

Scotland's day goes from bad to worse

A bad day for Scotland began before kick-off when Arsenal's Kieran Tierney was a shock absentee from the starting line-up due to an untimely injury.

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.

Without him, Scotland's scarce resources of international class centre-backs was exposed, particularly in possession as Jack Hendry, Grant Hanley and Liam Cooper struggled to beat the Czech press.

Yet, Scotland still had more than enough chances for the result to have been very different.

Robertson was denied by Tomas Vaclik at 0-0, Hendry hit the bar at 1-0 and Lyndon Dykes fired too close to the Sevilla goalkeeper with the chance to get Scotland back into the game 20 minutes from time.

"We were confident, excited, and it comes down to not taking our chances," said Robertson.

"You can't say we've not created - we've had some really, really good chances that we should have done better with.

"If you do better on that, then it's a different game. It's a tough lesson for us that at the highest level, at the best tournaments, you have to take your chances. The Czech Republic did that, we didn't."

Pictured here, Scotland captain Andy Robertson looks frustrated in the match against the Czech Republic.
Andy Robertson saw a solid effort on goal tipped over against the Czechs. Pic: Getty

Clarke was determined to stress before the tournament that Scotland were not simply happy to make up the numbers after ending their exile from the big stage.

But hopes of reaching the knockout phase now hang by a thread.

A trip to Wembley to face England on Friday conjures up the perfect opportunity for redemption against their fiercest rivals, however, the Scots will no doubt be ruing the fact they squandered arguably their most presentable chance at victory against the Czechs.

Scotland's final game of Group D is against Croatia on June 23.

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