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Dortmund in second after win over Wolfsburg

Japan star Shinji Kagawa and Germany teenager Mario Götze turned on the style on Saturday, as Borussia Dortmund hammered VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 to keep the pressure on German league leaders Bayern Munich.

Dortmund in second after win over Wolfsburg
Photo: DPA

Kagawa set up both the first and fourth goals for Dortmund, as well as netting one of his own, while Götze scored twice as defending champions Dortmund romped to an impressive home win.

Borussia’s victory puts them second and trims Munich’s lead to two points at the top ahead of their game against bottom side Augsburg on Sunday.

“That was a really good performance with great counter-attacking and pin-point passes,” said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

“A touch of arrogance saw us lose the clean sheet, but the team responded immediately.”

The win came at a price as defender Neven Subotic is expected to miss the next six weeks, including Champions League games against Arsenal and Marseille, with a fractured cheekbone.

The hosts took the lead on 13 minutes as Kagawa played Gözte into the penalty area for the 19-year-old to rifle his shot into the bottom left-hand corner.

Kagawa made it 2-0 just before half-time, when he was put into space by Poland striker Robert Lewandowski and the Japanese winger fired past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

Former Arsenal and Barcelona star Alexander Hleb, who was making only his second appearance after signing for Wolfsburg at the start of the season, kept 2009 German champion Wolves in touch with a goal on 59 minutes.

But a header from midfielder Sven Bender two minutes later put Dortmund back into a 3-1 lead before Kagawa produced a defence-splitting pass from deep which put Lewandowski free to fire past Benaglio on 66 minutes.

Götze completed the rout 12 minutes from time, as Dortmund look to be back to their best after a slow start to the season.

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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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