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Bayern targets Champions League 16 after Fiorentina draw

Midfielder Tim Borowski said Bayern Munich deserved the point from their 1-1 draw at Fiorentina as the German giants took a step closer to the Champions League's last 16.

A 40,000 full house at Florence’s Stadio Artemio Franchi on Wednesday saw Adrian Mutu volley the Italians into an early lead, but Bayern raised the pace in the second half and Borowski slotted the equaliser on 78 minutes. Bayern are now level at the top of Group F with Lyon and on course for the first knock-out round.

“We’ve deserved the point, and we should probably even have won it at the end,” said Borowski, who is also a Germany international. “We never really got going in the first half, especially with our tackling.Instead of imposing ourselves on the game, we let Fiorentina play. That was our biggest failing. In the second half we overran them, we were almost different class.”

However, the Munich camp felt the display as a whole was below par and Bayern’s Dutch captain Mark van Bommel said his side need to improve their performances.

“We didn’t play well in the first half, we showed too much respect and deserved to be a goal behind,” said the Dutchman. “After we equalised, we could have gone on and won, but we can’t be satisfied with the way we’ve played.”

But coach Jürgen Klinsmann was relatively happy with the performance.

“It wasn’t bad, even in the first half,” he said “We expected Fiorentina to put us under a lot of pressure. Most of the time, we succeeded in neutralising them, with the exception of their goal. We largely controlled the game and let the ball do the work, but we lacked the decisive edge when it mattered. At half time, we spoke about needing to find another gear and summoning up the desire to go out and score the goal we wanted.

In the second half, you sensed it was only a matter of time before we forced one over the line,” Klinsmann added.

With two games left, against Steaua Bucharest on November 25 at Munich’s Allianz Arena and Lyon away at the Stade de Gerland on December 12, Bayern could not afford to come away from Florence without a point.

“We wanted to avoid defeat, so 1-1 is just fine,” said Germany striker Miroslav Klose. “We didn’t have enough courage in the first half. We allowed ourselves to be pushed deep and we lost the loose balls. It was better in the second half. We played higher up the field and won most of our tackles. That made it a lot easier for us,” he added.

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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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