Serbia sink 10-man Germany as cards fly

Serbia downed 10-man Germany 1-0 in Port Elizabeth on Friday, after Miroslav Klose was sent off early in a World Cup match rife with yellow cards.

Serbia sink 10-man Germany as cards fly
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Klose, four shy of Ronaldo’s World Cup record of 15 goals, picked two of several controversial bookings by Spanish referee Alberto Undiano and was sent off in the 37th minute for fouling Serbia captain Dejan Stankevic.

“Overall it was a fair match. It wasn’t a nasty foul,” said Germany coach Joachim Löw, pointing out that ref doled out nine yellow cards. “That many yellows and a red were simply too many.”

Less than a minute later Serbia went ahead after a three-man move.

Milos Krasic sent a high ball in from the right post for Nikola Zigic, the tallest player at 2m 2cm high, to head down for Milan Jovanovic to flick in past keeper Manuel Neuer.

A goal and a man down, Germany attempted to get back into the match and they almost grabbed a first half stoppage time equaliser when Sami Khedira’s shot hit the crossbar.

“We had difficulty finding our rhythm,” said Löw. “We were down a man for a long time and still managed to get our chances.”

Germany came on strong early in the second half and the ref awarded Löw’s side a penalty after a deliberate hand ball by Serbian defender Nemanja Vidic.

But Lukas Podolski was unable to convert it and the striker failed to make use of several other good chances to equalise.

Subs Marko Marin, Cacau and Mario Gomez couldn’t turn the tide and Serbia held on for their first victory of the tournament. The result marked a stunning turnaround in fortunes after Germany crushed Australia 4-0 in Durban in the team’s first match of the tournament.

“I have to take responsibility,” he said, referring to his flubbed penalty. “You can’t blame the ref. But maybe the red card was an overreaction.”

However, midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was visibly angry at the Spanish official after the match.

“I’m at a loss for words,” he said. “For me that was ridiculous. If there’s a red card in every match you have to ask yourself what’s the point. It’s no longer any fun.”

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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. 

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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.