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Germany complete perfect campaign

Germany beat Belgium 3-1 Tuesday to complete their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign with a perfect ten wins from ten games and end the visitors hopes of reaching next year's finals.

Germany complete perfect campaign
Photo: DPA

Mesut Özil, Andre Schürrle and Mario Gomez all scored for Joachim Löw’s side, who will be one of the favourites to win the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine after taking 30 points in group A.

In contrast, a talented young Belgian team – for whom Marouane Fellaini netted a late consolation – must now focus on reaching the next World Cup in Brazil after this defeat saw them finish in third place.

Guus Hiddink’s Turkey will go into next month’s playoffs after snatching second place with a 1-0 home win against Azerbaijan.

Belgium started well at Düsseldorf’s Esprit Arena but never troubled Manuel Neuer in the German goal in the early stages.

The first chance of note fell to Schürrle, who sent a curling shot just wide of the far post midway through the first-half.

Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet then raced off his line to deny Gomez, before the hosts took the lead half an hour in thanks to a sensational strike.

The visiting defence failed to fully clear a corner, and Real Madrid’s Özil was on hand to thump home a shot off the underside of the bar from the edge of the box.

Belgium barely had time to regroup before they fell further behind three minutes later at the end of a devastating counter-attack.

A Belgian corner was cleared to Özil on the edge of his own area, and he headed the ball into the path of Gomez, who drove at the visiting defence before slipping in Schürrle.

The Bayer Leverkusen man then beat Mignolet with the coollest of chips.

To their credit, Belgium kept going and Jan Vertonghen had an effort deflected inches wide, while Gomez was again denied by Mignolet when clean through at the other end.

Gomez did make it 3-0 shortly after the restart, though, exchanging passes with Özil before firing across Mignolet and into the net for his 14th goal in 14 appearances for club and country this season.

Belgium now needed Azerbaijan to do them a favour in Istanbul to make the playoffs, but news of a Turkey goal killed off any remaining hopes for the large travelling contingent.

They did have something to shout about when Fellaini headed in to make it 3-1 four minutes from time, but that could not dampen the German celebrations at the end of another fine evening for Löw’s men.

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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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