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Germans will be better against Holland, insists Löw

Germany coach Joachim Löw has insisted his side will be better for Tuesday's friendly against World Cup finalists the Netherlands after his team laboured to a 3-3 draw with Ukraine in Kiev.

Germans will be better against Holland, insists Löw
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An experimental German team survived a scare on Friday as the guests had to come from 3-1 down to seal the draw. Löw has said his team must be better in Hamburg against the Dutch.

“I am taking a lot of positives from this and I reserve the right to experiment at this stage of our preparations,” said Löw defiantly after his side were the first to book their Euro 2012 place from the qualification groups.

“We had an awful lot dominance in the game, hence I am not dissatisfied. Of course we will have to be better against a team like the Dutch, but there were a lot of good things to take from this game.”

Germany were missing stars like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose with injury while captain Philipp Lahm was rested, but a young team – the average age was 23 – was caught cold on a night of sub-zero temperatures.

Hanover 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, 22, made his debut, but endured a torrid first-half by conceding three goals in the opening 45 minutes.

“This sort of thing doesn’t normally happen, but it’s a lesson and it will not happen to us again,” said defender Mats Hummels.

Ukraine took the lead when Dynamo Kiev striker Andriy Yarmolenko stabbed home his shot on 28 minutes, then Hummels lost possession on 37 minutes and midfielder Yevhen Konoplianka sprinted 70 metres to round Zieler and slot home.

Germany pulled a goal back to make it 2-1 on 39 minutes when Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos rifled a shot home from outside the penalty area, but replacement Serhiy Nazarenko fired home to put the Ukraine 3-1 up at the break.

Leverkusen captain Simon Rolfes came off the bench to pull a second goal back for Germany to make it 3-2 on 65 minutes before Thomas Müller hit the equaliser on 78 minutes to save German blushes.

AFP/the Local/smd

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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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