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Bayern bash lowly Lille

Holland star Arjen Robben has said Bayern Munich remain under pressure to prove themselves in the Champions League despite their 6-1 drubbing of Lille in Wednesday's group-stage clash.

Bayern bash lowly Lille
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Peru striker Claudio Pizarro needed just a quarter of an hour to wrap up his hat-trick after only 33 minutes as Bayern raced into a 5-0 lead at the Allianz Arena and battered Lille while enjoying more than 60 percent ball possession.

The 34-year-old’s hat-trick was the third fastest in Champions League history as midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Robben and Toni Kroos also got on the scoresheet for Munich while Salomon Kalou scored a second-half consolation.

But after Valencia’s 4-2 win over BATE Borisov, Bayern are level pegging on nine points with the Spaniards and Robben says the Bundesliga leaders can ill afford to rest on their laurels.

Munich next travel to Spain to face Valencia on November 20 in their European campaign with all to play for still in the group as Borisov are still in the mix on six points.

“We are on a good run at the moment, but we have to prove ourselves in every game,” said Robben, with Bayern also holding a seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

“Our first half performance was outstanding and it really was a lot of fun out there.

“We have to keep playing this way. We have such a high quality in this squad, its great to be part of it.”

Goalkeeper Mickael Landreau performed heroics for Lille and although he was beaten six times, he made seven saves to keep the scoreline respectable as Bayern peppered the French goal with 15 attempts on target.

“They scored with almost every attempt on goal,” said Lille captain Rio Mavuba.

“We’re now out of the competition and it hurts. We fought last year to be here tonight and to produce a performance that is not worthy of this club is really disappointing.”

Despite being only Bayern’s third-choice striker behind injured German star Mario Gomez and Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, who was suffering from flu, Pizarro seized his chance having also scored twice in Bayern’s German Cup win last week.

“Right from the start, we put in a very good performance,” said the Peru star.

“It has been a long time since I have scored three goals, so I am very happy.”

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes praised his team for some “textbook football”, but warned Munich face a tough home game against third-placed Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday in the Bundesliga.

“You could see my side was very motivated today, it’s not easy to come to the Champions League from the Bundesliga, but we did well,” he said.

“There was some text book football played, beautiful goals, some from free kicks, with great passages of passing.

“But you have to put today’s game in perspective. We had a deluge of chances in the first-half, but the opponent was not exactly first class. It will be much harder against Frankfurt on Saturday.”

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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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