England v Scotland: Euro 2020 shock ends 0-0 at Wembley despite the chances of both teams

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England v Scotland: Euro 2020 shock ends 0-0 at Wembley despite the chances of both teams


England and Scotland fought 0-0 at Wembley in the rain in their highly anticipated Euro 2020 group match.

England’s John Stones touched the post in the first half and Scotland fired a shot on the line as the visitors secured a deserved first point in the tournament

The result means England still need at least one point from their last game against the Czech Republic on Tuesday to advance to the round of 16 while Scotland still have hopes of progress.

Before the match, thousands of Scottish supporters gathered in central London, singing, singing and playing the bagpipes around Leicester Square, King’s Cross and Hyde Park.

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Scotsman John McGinn (front) and England’s Luke Shaw fight for the ball

England changed their two full-backs ahead of their battle against Scotland, with manager Gareth Southgate putting Luke Shaw and Reece James in to replace Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker – the latter missing the squad entirely.

A mixture of boos and cheers could be heard at the start of the match as both groups of players knelt before kick-off.

After initially saying they would not kneel down, the visitors changed their minds and – despite both groups of supporters booing their rivals’ national anthems – the reaction to the anti-racism gesture has been the most positive of games. recent, with barely audible booing cheers.

England came close to goal in the 11th minute of the Euro 2020 match when John Stones directed the ball against the post and again shortly thereafter when Mason Mount approached following an error from Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay.

Scotsman Kieran Tierney shot 25 minutes into the game from around 25 yards, but he missed the goal, leaving England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford untested.

The first big moment of the night for Scotland came when they nearly scored in the half hour after Kieran Tierney straddled Andy Robertson and sent a cross through.

Stephen O’Donnell caught it on the fly, but England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a solid save to get it back.

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England’s Raheem Sterling (left) and Scotland’s Billy Gilmour fight for the ball.

The thousands of Tartan Army fans inside Wembley looked much happier in the stands as the whistle sounded for the break.

Both teams started the second half intensely, with Mount securing England’s first shot on target, hitting the ball towards the near post, but goalkeeper David Marshall managed to keep it on the sidelines.

O’Donnell then curled a delicious cross into the area that nearly reached Lyndon Dykes, but Tyrone Mings jumped up to make a major header clearance.

Foden was replaced by Jack Grealish shortly in the second half and made an immediate impact by winning a corner kick on his first time on the ball.

A possible penalty call excited England fans in the 79th minute after Sterling fell to the ground following a challenge from Robertson, but the referee was not interested and did not feel the need to do so call to VAR.

The Czech Republic leads Group D on goal difference with four points; England are second, also with four points; Croatia and Scotland both have one point, with Croatia ahead on goal difference.

Next Tuesday, England face the Czech Republic and Scotland face Croatia.

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