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5-goal Euro 2020 star striker ready to make it 10 wins out of 10 games

Patrick Schick lined uo for Czech Republic against Wales for their 2022 FIFA World Cup qulaifiy match. The striker could not bag a goal against a Wales side without Gareth Bale.

Patrik Schick
Patrik Schick

Patrik Schick was one of the standout players at the Euros 2020 held last summer across various European cities. The Czech Republic striker narrowly missed out on the Golden Boot to Cristiano Ronaldo by just a single assist. After tying with the 5-time Ballon d'Or winner, Schick lost the gong by virtue of Ronaldo having also made an assist in the completion while Schick made none. 

Against Wales, Schick and the J. Silhavy-led side were hoping to extend their record of only 1 game lost in their last 10 matches. Wales didn't seem to stand a chance against a Czech team that had the likes of Patrik Schick alongside Tomas Souchek and Tomas Kalas. But the Welsh put up a courageous fight despite missing star player, Gareth Bale. 

In Bale's stead, Wales coach, Robert Page fielded a double-striker team of Daniel James and Kieffer Moore in the standard 4-4-2 formation of the team. A back-four of Chris Mepham, Joe Rondon, Chris Gunter and Neco Williams all put in great performances to limit the influence of Patrik Schick on the game. The in-form striker was limited to no goals in the encounter. 

The match ended in a 2-2 draw with Czech Republic's goals coming from Jakub Pesec and a Danny Ward own goal. The solitary point from the 2-2 draw means Wales remain just marginally ahead of the Czech Republic with both sides on 8 points but Wales occupying second spot due to a +1 goal difference against Czech Republic's 0 goal difference. Belgium leads the group with an almost unassailable 16 points from 6 games.

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