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Dortmund draw against Hannover, stay fourth

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund stayed fourth in the Bundesliga on Sunday after Hannover's Mame Diouf hit a late equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw and a share of the points.

Dortmund draw against Hannover, stay fourth
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Hannover have not lost at home in the Bundesliga for nearly 18 months and ex-Manchester United striker Diouf preserved their proud record at the AWD-Arena with an 86th-minute equaliser as the hosts finished with a flurry.

With Bayern Munich five points clear at the top of the table after their 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday gave them a Bundesliga record-equalling seventh straight victory, Dortmund are now nine points behind the Bavarians.

Their point also came at a price as midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski came off after 39 minutes with a leg injury, while defender Mats Hummels aggravated his hip problem and midfielder Ilkey Gundogan missed the game with a back strain.

“We have three injured players in the dressing room and conceded a late equaliser,” said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

“We should have finished our chances. We will play our own season. We have two games against Bayern Munich. These games interest us greatly, but not the (points) deficit after only seven matches.”

Dortmund took an early lead that was made in Poland as defender Lukasz Piszczek found some space in the Hannover penalty area and squared to his Polish team-mate Robert Lewandowski, who fired home on 26 minutes.

Hannover had their chances to equalise, with Ivory Coast striker Didier Ya Konan then second-half replacement Diouf only being denied by good work from the solid Dortmund defence.

The equaliser finally arrived when Ya Konan fired in a shot that Diouf managed to latch onto before stabbing the ball past despairing Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Bayer Leverkusen finish the weekend sixth in the table after a 2-2 draw at Stuttgart, with ex-Germany striker Stefan Kiessling scoring twice for the guests while Vedad Ibisevic netted both goals for Hoffenheim.

Earlier, second-place Eintracht Frankfurt suffered their first league defeat of the season after going down to a shock 2-0 loss at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Having won promotion from the second division in May, Armin Veh-coached Frankfurt had previously won six of their seven games since coming up, while this was only Gladbach’s second league win of the season.

The victory moved Gladbach up to 10th in the table, while Frankfurt stayed second after goals by Venezuela veteran Juan Arango and Dutch striker Luuk de Jong put the hosts 2-0 up after only 24 minutes.

On Saturday, there was no happy return to Gelsenkirchen for Wolfsburg’s ex-Schalke coach Felix Magath as the Royal Blues enjoyed a 3-0 win.

Magath spent two years at Schalke before he was sacked in February 2011, when he returned to Wolfsburg.

Magath’s team were well beaten at Veltins Arena thanks to goals by Peru striker Jefferson Farfan, Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay, and midfielder Roman Neustädter.

It was Wolves’ sixth game without a win and their third straight defeat, leaving Magath’s team second from bottom, while Schalke moved up to third.

Hamburg continued their rise up the table to eighth with a 1-0 win at Bavarian side Greuther Fuerth thanks to South Korean striker Son Heung-Min’s first-half goal.

Mainz enjoyed a 1-0 win at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf, while Freiburg recorded their first win in four games with a 3-0 victory at home to Nuremberg.

On Friday, Werder Bremen lost 3-1 at Augsburg as the hosts enjoyed their first win of the season.

AFP/jcw

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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches

The German Bundesliga kicks off on Friday evening with a match in Mönchengladbach. Here's a run-down of the Covid rules for football fans itching to join the crowds at the stadium.

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for attending German football matches
Crowds cheer at a match between FC Kaiserslautern and Borussia Mönchengladbach, on August 9th, 2021. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach

All eyes will be on Mönchengladbach this evening as the Bundesliga season kicks off with a match against reigning champions Bayern Munich – and this time, a crowd will be present in the stadium.

READ ALSO: German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

With several states liberalising their rules for public gatherings in recent months, many football fans are looking forward to enjoying a lively atmosphere at football matches once more. 

There’s just one problem: there are different rules for different stadiums. Here’s what you need to know about the Covid rules before you book your ticket for any of the upcoming fixtures. 

How many fans are allowed in the stadiums? 

According to a recent decision by the federal and state governments, football stadiums around the country are allowed to fill half of their seats and sell up to 25,000 tickets to fans. 

Of course, how much this limit affects the overall atmosphere – and the football clubs’ bottoms lines – depends on the capacity of the stadium. In Borussia Dortmund this weekend, the full 25,000 tickets have been sold – but that only equates to 30 percent of the stadium’s full capacity.

READ ALSO: German football: Which Bundesliga club should I support?

Meanwhile, in the stadium owned by Berlin’s FC Union, selling just 11,000 tickets is enough to fill half of the available seats. 

What do I need to show to get in? 

That really depends on the stadium in question, although in general anyone over the age of six will need to show a negative test or proof of vaccination or recovery – the so-called ‘3G’ rule – to enter the grounds. But other clubs, such as FC Cologne, have decided to only permit people who are vaccinated or recovered to attend matches from August 28th onwards – with exceptions for people who can’t get vaccinated, like children and pregnant woman.

At Mönchengladbach’s Borussia Park stadium, however, unvaccinated fans can enter with a negative test, though visitors who’ve stayed in a high-risk or virus variant area over the past two weeks will be unable to enter – along with people who’ve had recent contact with someone who has Covid. 


If you want to see action like this at FC Cologne’s stadium, you’ll need to get your Covid jabs sorted first. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund has taken a middle ground. While the 3G rule applies in principle, only 1,000 of the available 25,000 tickets will be sold to people who are providing a negative test. The remaining 24,000 seats will only be available for those who are vaccinated against – or recently recovered from – Covid. 

If you’re not vaccinated and are keen to see a match, it’s worth checking on your local club’s website beforehand or sending them an email to double-check whether you will be allowed in. 

What else do I need to know about? 

You’ll need to bring a FPP2 mask with you to matches to wear in your seat and while heading to the bathroom or bar, and also observe social distancing rules – meaning staying 1.5 metres apart from your fellow fans.

In most states, you’ll also need to provide your contact details, which will be saved by the club and potentially passed on to local health authorities in order to monitor a potential Covid outbreak. 

Will these rules continue throughout the season?

That’s still an open question. If infection rates in Germany continue to rise or high-profile superspreading events occur at future matches, the government could potentially crack down further on sports events in autumn.

This could involve limiting the seat numbers even further, or (more controversially), introducing a ‘vaccinated-only’ rule for entering stadiums. 

READ ALSO: Should Germany bring in Covid restrictions for unvaccinated people only?

A recent outbreak of Covid in the Mainz football team has also dampened celebrations slightly in the run-up to the start of the Bundesliga – leaving club owners urgently calling for both fans and footballers to get vaccinated. 

Speaking to WDR ahead of the season’s start, FC Cologne’s managing director Alexander Wehrle said widespread vaccination was the best route back to normality – a message reiterated by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann. 

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