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Germany humiliates England in Under-21 championship final

A double by Sandro Wagner rounded off a stunning 4-0 success for Germany over England in the European Under-21 championship final to give them their first success in the tournament on Monday night.

Germany humiliates England in Under-21 championship final
Photo: DPA

The Germans – who added this title to the ones presently in the hands of their Under-17 and Under-19 compatriots – scored through Gonzalo Castro and the impressive Mesut Özil.

It was England’s first appearance in the final since 1984 and gave German coach Horst Hrubesch echoes of his major success as a player with the then West Germany in the senior 1980 European final over Belgium.

England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce revealed he would stay on for the next campaign for the 2011 finals and try and improve on the team’s performance.

“Just before the semi-final I signed a two year deal,” said Pearce, who was suffering another disappointment against Germany after losing to them as a player in the 1990 World Cup semi-final. In that game he missed one of the penalties in the shootout – and then lost again in the Euro ’96 semi-finals.

“I enjoy where I work, my employers and the players I work with. Why would you walk away from that,” added Pearce, who will also continue to work with England senior coach Fabio Capello, who was unable to attend the final having been at the Confederations Cup in South Africa.

England started brightly with Adam Johnson whipping in a couple of dangerous crosses while James Milner – who was playing his 46th and final Under-21 international – delivered a solid freekick from the left only for Martin Cranie to head over under pressure.

Lone England forward Theo Walcott – all the other specialist strikers were suspended – then broke free seizing on Aston Villa midfielder James Milner in the third minute but shot wide.

Germany got in their first effective attack just after the quarter hour mark when the impresssive German captain Sami Khedira linked up well with Özil but Micah Richards was on hand to deflect the shot away for a corner.

Özil arranged for Castro’s goal with a beautifully weighted pass which evaded Cranie and the German slotted it past Scott Loach, who had come in for the suspended first choice ‘keeper Joe Hart.

The Germans looked to be in control of the match and deservedly doubled their lead in the just after half-time as he misjudged Özil’s long range freekick and he managed only a breif touch before it spun into the net.

“The ball can react abnormally sometimes,” said Hrubesch charitably of the Watford ‘keeper’s blunder.

England midfielder Lee Cattermole came closest to reducing the deficit just before the hour with a shot which clipped the crossbar.

England kept the pressure up and in the 62nd minute Milner turned leftback Sebastian Boenisch inside out and passed the ball to Johnson who failed to take advantage from three metres out.

Özil set up Germany’s third goal as he broke down the middle – right back Cranie was being treated for an injury – and a delightful pass outside to Wagner saw him shoot the ball between Loach’s legs.

Wagner’s shot made amends for a dreadful howler only minutes before when he failed to net from a metre out following another stellar pass from Özil – a beautifully curled effort which gave Loach no chance and rounded off a humiliating night for England.

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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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