Schweinsteiger puts Bayern Munich into third round of German Cup

A double by German international midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger saw holders Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen 2-1 on Tuesday and reach the third round of the German Cup.

Schweinsteiger puts Bayern Munich into third round of German Cup
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However, Bayern did it the hard way against the side that they beat 4-0 in last season’s final as they went 1-0 down just after a minute as the in-form striker Claudio Pizarro pounced to score.

Bremen’s defence were at fault when Schweinsteiger equalised as veteran French defender Mickael Silvestre failed to move out with the rest of his defenders and put him onside.

Werder dominated the second-half but Pizarro – who last weekend became the top scoring foreign player of all-time in the Bundesliga – saw a header cleared off the line and Marko Arnautovic’s free kick hit the post.

Schweinsteiger took advantage of these narrow escapes and scored the winner with a strong shot from 20 metres to give Bayern a welcome boost as lean early season league form sees them 12 points adrift of surprise leaders Mainz.

Coach Louis van Gaal will also be encouraged with this victory coming without seven first choice players and is due to have French star Franck Ribery back soon while last season’s star performer Arjen Robben is set for a return in January.


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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.

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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.