Dortmund top table after win at chilly Nuremberg

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund went top of the German league on Friday night with an impressive 2-0 win at Nuremberg in sub-zero temperatures.

Dortmund top table after win at chilly Nuremberg
Photo: DPA

Striker Lucas Barrios came off the bench to score his first goal of the season eight minutes from time after Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl had put his team ahead just after the break.

The three points mean Dortmund leap-frog Bayern Munich into the top spot, but the Bavarians can regain first place if they win at Hamburg on Saturday night and third-placed Schalke can also draw level on 43 points if they win at Mainz.

This is the first time since the end of November that Dortmund have topped the standings, and in bitterly cold conditions they ground out a result against mid-table Nuremberg, having dominated their hosts.

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was forced into an early change after just 22 minutes as midfielder Sven Bender was injured while challenging for the ball. He was replaced by teenager Moritz Leitner.

The 19-year-old started the move that led to the opening goal, with defender Lukasz Piszczek providing the final pass for Kehl to slot home on 48 minutes.

Having taken the lead, Klopp’s youthful team asserted their control in a manner that belied the absence of playmaker Mario Götze, who is out for up to two months with a groin injury.

With 20 minutes left, Klopp brought Barrios off the bench for Poland’s Robert Lewandowski and the Paraguay centre-forward showed his finishing prowess to prod home a rebound from Shinji Kagawa’s shot for Dortmund’s second.

Frustrated after losing his place in Klopp’s first team to Lewandowski, Barrios had publicly stated he wanted to leave Dortmund during January’s transfer window.

Having scored 16 goals in 32 games last season as Dortmund won the Bundesliga by seven points, Barrios had failed to hit the target in the first half of the current campaign.


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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.