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Germany fail to break Italian curse

Germany failed to break their 15-year-old run without a win over Italy on Wednesday as striker Giuseppe Rossi came off the bench to score a late equaliser and seal Wednesday's 1-1 friendly draw.

Germany fail to break Italian curse
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The last time Germany beat Italy was a 2-0 win in Zurich in June 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Swiss Football Federation.

With the Azzurri winning all four games between the two sides since, Italy’s 24-year-old Rossi cancelled out Miroslav Klose’s first-half goal for the hosts.

The Bayern Munich forward’s strike was his 59th on his 106th appearance as he draws closer to Gerd Müller’s all-time Germany record of 68 goals.

Germany hosted Italy at Dortmund’s same Signal Iduna Park stadium where the Italians knocked the hosts out of the 2006 World Cup on their way to winning the title.

The home side have a poor record in matches between the two nations with Italy enjoying 14 wins compared to Germany’s seven victories with now nine games drawn.

“It was a pity that we couldn’t get another goal,” said Germany’s vice-captain Bastian Schweinsteiger. “It was very difficult on the pitch, we are a team who try and dominate the game through our technical ability.”

“It didn’t work out, but I trust in the fact that we will be able to beat Italy once again in the future.”

With the Azzurri rebuilding after their early exit from last year’s World Cup, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli had included veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon less than a month after the veteran made his injury comeback.

Germany made a bright start and took the lead after just 16 minutes. Real Madrid winger Mesut Özil’s long ball found Thomas Müller on the right side of the penalty area and he squared the ball for Klose whose shot clipped Buffon before hitting the back of the net.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer translated his top-class recent form for Schalke onto the international stage as he kept his side in the game early on with several excellent save.

Italy’s best first-half chance came in the 37th-minute came when veteran midfielder Daniele de Rossi blasted his shot straight at Neuer who parried the danger away.

Germany coach Joachim Löw brought on Dortmund’s 18-year-old wunderkind

Mario Götze for Müller at the start of the second half to win his second cap.

The son of a university professor in Dortmund, Götze still lives at home and is rated as a star of the future for the national side.

Having come on just after the break, Rossi made sure Italy left the Ruhr Valley with their 15-year-old unbeaten record intact when he pounced on a mistake in the Germany defence to equalise on 81 minutes.

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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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