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German women’s football team draws against Brazil

Germany and Brazil battled to a scoreless draw as they launched the 2008 Olympic Games with the opening Group F women's football match at Shenyang Stadium here Wednesday.

The World Cup finalists from last year, who have the misfortune of being placed together in the “pool of death” with Nigeria and North Korea, were not without their chances in a fast-paced spectacle.

In a match of contrasting styles – Brazil relying on pace and flare to Germany’s patient and clinical approach – Brazil had every chance to open the scoring in the opening minutes.

German keeper Nadine Angerer was drawn out of the goal as Brazil’s Marta, the world Player of the Year for the past two years, swept down the right flank but they were unable to finish the move. From there the match turned into a series of desperate shots with Marta and Cristiane peppering the German goal and veteran Birgit Prinz and Kerstin Garefrekes replying for Germany.

Angerer twice tipped shots from Cristiane and Marta over the bar and saved Germany again diving in front of Marta when the speedster had ripped through the German defence. Prinz’s finest effort came just before half-time when her powerful shot beat a diving Brazilian keeper Andreia and narrowly swung outside the righthand post.

Although neither side would be satisfied with a draw, Brazil at least had the satisfaction of not conceding a goal to Germany after losing 0-2 the last time they met in the World Cup final.

The Athens silver-medallists also maintained their record of never losing their opening match at an Olympics, but Germany were unable to live up to their reputation of scoring at least three goals in their first match. The two sides are likely to meet again in the play-off stages here, either in the semi-finals or finals, if they win their remaining pool matches.

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British football teams allowed to skip Germany’s quarantine for Euro 2020

Germany's government announced on Tuesday it will allow England, Scotland and Wales to enter the country without quarantine to play at Euro 2020 despite a recent rise in cases linked to the Delta variant of Covid-19 in Britain.

British football teams allowed to skip Germany's quarantine for Euro 2020
One of the venues for Euro 2020 is in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Sven Hoppe

The three teams could potentially reach the quarter-final held in Munich on July 2nd.

If that were the case, they would be exempt from the rule that travellers from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland must currently observe a 14-day isolation period due to the virus strain of concern – Delta – first identified in India.

“The people accredited for the European football Championship are exempt from the quarantine obligation, even after arriving from an area impacted by a variant” Berlin said in a statement.

“This exemption concerns all the people who have been accredited by the organising committee for the preparation, participation, the holding and the follow-up of international sporting events,” it added.

The exemption does not include fans, who will be obliged to follow German government self-isolation rules.

Germany declared the UK a ‘virus variant area of concern’ on May 23rd due to rising cases linked to the Delta variant in parts of the country. 

READ ALSO: Germany makes UK ‘virus variant area of concern’: How does it affect you?

This reclassification came just seven days after the UK was put back on Germany’s list at the lowest risk level, and barely a month after it was taken off all risk lists completely.

The ban was put in place despite the UK’s relatively low Covid rates as a precautionary measure.

A general ban on entry is in place for people coming from countries on the ‘virus variant’ list – such as India and Brazil – the highest of Germany’s risk categories. 

There are some exceptions for entering from these countries – for example German residents and citizens. However, anyone who does enter from Germany is required to submit a Covid-19 test before boarding the flight and must quarantine for 14 days on arrival, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

READ ALSO: Germany’s new relaxed quarantine and testing rules after travel

Euro 2020 starts on Friday as Italy host Turkey in Rome with the Bavarian city hosting three group games as well as the last-eight match.

Around 14,000 fans will be allowed into the Allianz Arena for the fixtures.

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