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German women take home U-20 World Cup

Germany’s under-20 women’s football team took home the FIFA World Cup on Sunday for the second time after a 2:0 victory over Nigeria in Bielefeld that completed an undefeated tournament.

German women take home U-20 World Cup
Photo: DPA

It was the first host nation victory in the history of the tournament, and followed their 2004 victory in Thailand.

Alexandra Popp, the 19-year-old player known as the “penalty-box princess,” scored an early goal in the eighth minute to rack up her tenth point in the tournament, earning her the Adidas Golden Shoe for top scorer.

“That was the best day of my football career so far,” said Popp.

The second point in the game came late when the Nigerians scored an own goal in additional time when German Kim Kulig headed the ball into the post and it bounced off Nigerian Osinachi Ohale’s back for the goal.

“The tournament was an amazing experience, an amazing summer,” said trainer Maren Meiner, who was treated to an ice-water bath by her team after the win.

The team’s final game was attended by a sold-out crowd of almost 25,000, a turn out said to be a good sign ahead of the FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in Germany next year.

“One can’t imagine it any better, I had tears in my eyes,” said player Steffi Jones. “I’m super happy and am looking forward to next year.”

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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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