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Madrid kick Schalke out of Champions League

Schalke 04 failed to prevent what had seemed like the inevitable, and has been booted out of the Champions League after losing 1:3 to Real Madrid.

Madrid kick Schalke out of Champions League
Dejected Schalke. Photo: DPA

Despite the defeat, the young team were widely lauded for a decent performance.

"The team fought, and for long stretches, did very well," trainer Jens Keller said afterwards.

Mentioning keeper Rolf Fährmann's heroic attempts to keep the ball out of Schalke's net, Keller added, "Fährmann again managed to produce a world-class performance."

Tim Hoogland, who put away Schalke's goal in the 31st minute, said afterwards, "We wanted to say farewell properly. We managed to do that. We can close this chapter of the Champions League with our heads held high."

But the goals – although only half as many as in the teams' last fixture, when Madrid won 6:1 three weeks ago – seemed to have left a bad taste for Fährmann.

"The goals were very, very bitter for us. Until then we had played really well. You could see we had showed character."

The reasonable result was at least in part due to Madrid only fielding a B-team, albeit a strengthened one – a much weaker side than had been put up against Schalke in the Veltins Arena three weeks ago.

Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti was said to be keeping his attention – and his best players – for the potentially title-decider at the weekend against Barcelona.

READ MORE: Schalke lose 6-1 at home to Real Madrid

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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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