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Danes need ‘luck and graft’ against Germans

Denmark coach Morten Olsen insists his side need just a little luck and lots of hard work to beat Germany in Sunday's Euro 2012 clash to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Danes need 'luck and graft' against Germans
Photo: DPA

Denmark take on Germany at Arena Lviv with the Germans needing a point to

finish as Group B winners having already beaten Portugal and Holland.

After defeat to Portugal following their shock win over Holland, Olsen’s team can still make the knock-out phase and a draw would be good enough if Portugal lose to Holland in Kharkiv in the other Group B match.

“Nothing is impossible and we’ll be going for victory,” said Olsen. “We are looking forward to it, Germany have shone and must be among the favourites to win the competition.

“They have the ‘show’ aspect and we have a huge amount of work ahead to stop them, but we have a great team spirit and need that little bit of luck,” he added.

“We go into the last game with everyone still hopeful of advancing and you can’t get more exciting than that.”

After the euphoria of their 1-0 win over Holland last Saturday, the Danes were brought crashing back to earth on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss to Portugal and Olsen said the pain of defeat has served to motivate his team.

“Over the past week we’ve had two dressing rooms, one euphoric and one full of grave, dark feelings. We’re keen to experience the first one again,” said the 62-year-old coach.

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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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