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Dortmund’s misfiring Götze rues Malaga draw

Germany star Mario Götze on Thursday admitted being frustrated by his lack of finishing as Borussia Dortmund had to settle for a goalless draw at Malaga in the Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

Dortmund's misfiring Götze rues Malaga draw
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The 20-year-old central midfielder squandered two clear chances to grab a valuable away goal on Wednesday night and means there is still all to play for in Tuesday’s second leg in Dortmund.

“We had huge chances, especially for me personally,” fumed Götze, as Dortmund shaded the total shots on goal with 13, compared to Malaga’s ten.

“I definitely should have scored two goals, it clearly wasn’t my day and I could have done more to help the team,” he said. “If we had known before the game that it was going to be a 0-0 draw, we’d have taken that, but the way the match went, it’s a bitter result to swallow.”

Although Dortmund are now the only team undefeated in this season’s competition, this was their fourth draw in their nine Champions League matches and Borussia boss Hans-Joachim Watzke admitted they lacked the killer punch.

“Once again, this was 90 minutes when we didn’t manage to score,” said the Dortmund CEO. “We lacked the killer punch, but we have won all our home games in the Champions League so that’s a good omen for Tuesday.”

Coach Jürgen Klopp saw matters differently, pointing out that his team showed maturity to stay calm despite the frustration of failing to convert chances into goals.

“After we didn’t take our chances, this was a further stage in our development to stay calm and take the result,” he said.

“We talked about this during the break, we had our finger on the trigger, played some great football and adjusted to the level of our opponent. Being under pressure was no problem for Malaga, but we have to live with the result, it was a good game for us against a difficult opponent.”

But captain Sebastian Kehl admitted Dortmund’s biggest fear is now conceding an early goal at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday.

“There was more than just a goalless draw, it’s a dangerous result,” said the 33-year-old. “An away goal for Malaga would mean that we have to score twice.

“At the end of the day 0-0 is okay, we have the chance to correct things at home.”

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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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