CM – Czech striker Patrik Schick, an outsider, became a « genius »

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Schick ran into a rebound in the Scottish half, saw goalkeeper David Marshall outside his line and let go.

Published: June 17, 2021 2:06 PM |

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Patrik Schick celebrates after scoring his second goal during the Euro 2020 Group D match between Scotland and the Czech Republic at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow. (Photo | AP)

PRAGUE: Less than three months ago, the sound of Patrik Schick’s name made the Czech national coach winced.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker was sent off after he awkwardly hit Waless Tyler Roberts When the Czechs lost a World Cup qualifier 0-1.

« A terrible mistake, such an experienced player can’t do that, » said Jaroslav Silhavy after Schick’s first red card.

At the start he opened the goal with a header in the first half of the Euro 2020 against Scotland before producing what his teammates described as « a touch of genius ».

Schick ran into a rebound in the Scottish half, saw goalkeeper David Marshall out of his line and let go.

The curling ball flew over the sprinting Marshall into the net, followed by the hapless goalkeeper, and the Czechs won 2-0.

« We know he’s a genius, he knows how ma n finishes, and that’s why he’s here, « said Silhavy after the game.

 » The second goal is something out of this world, we haven’t seen a goal like this for a long time. « 

On one Scale from one (best) to five (worst) rated fans reading the Czech newspaper DNES, Schick a flattering 1.16 for the Scotland game, a massive change from the 4.01 he got for the Wales game. The 25-year-old Schick has scored 13 goals in 27 international matches so far, but none as remarkable as the second against Scotland.

« You score a goal like this once in a lifetime, let alone at the European Championship « , beamed the former Liverpool midfielder Vladimir Smicer, Schicks compatriot.

 » Ohhhhhhhhhh Chic! I think we already have the goal of the tournament, « tweeted ex-Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil.

His final heat wave comes after moving to Leverkusen with a five-year contract for 26.5 million euros (31 million US dollars) last autumn, after previous positions at Sampdoria, Roma and RB Leipzig.

« It’s hard to say how many former teammates I will meet at the European Championships. But it will be a lot, « said Schick, who scored nine goals in 29 Bundesliga games last season.

Schick’s father, a Prague confectioner, was his sharpest critic – until the frustrated future star showed him the middle finger at a game as a boy .

« I always stood out, I scored a lot of goals, but when I missed a few chances I really cried so much that the coaches had to replace me, » said Schick, who as a kid had a dozen David Beckham -Jerseys.

After his promotion to Sparta Prague, Schick moved to Sampdoria at the age of 20 and scored eleven league goals in his first season, mostly as a substitute.

A year later he signed with Roma for around 40 million euros as Italy’s most wanted player.

« I didn’t get it. I just thought, well, I think he’s a decent footballer now, « said Schick’s mother, proud of her son and daughter who is a successful model.

Schick, who is married and has a daughter named Victoria has, is enjoying his career despite several injuries that at times slowed his progress.

« I’ve been lucky a hundred times and sometimes tell myself it’s an incredible story. I am pleased, « said Schick once.

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