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7:1! Bayern celebrate record in Rome

Bayern Munich were elated on Tuesday night after securing a 7-1 victory against Roma in their group stage Champions League clash.

7:1! Bayern celebrate record in Rome
Arjen Robben celebrates the first goal against AS Roma. Photo: DPA

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Bayern have now become the first German team ever to score seven goals at an away game in Italy and take the lead in their group with nine points, compared with four for Roma and just two for Manchester City.

As for Roma, they suffered their heaviest-ever Champions League defeat in front of over 60,000 spectators at the Stadio Olimpico – despite their second-place standing in the Italian Series A league with no goals conceded in five out of seven games.

“Especially in the first half, we played phenomenally,” said Thomas Müller, who scored with a penalty in the 36th minute despite a knee injury at the start of play.

There was a high-pressure atmosphere in the stadium, with booing directed at Mehdi Benatia, who transferred to Bayern at the beginning of the season, from the Roma fans.

Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm were the first to make a successful attack, dodging past sluggish Francesco Totti and Ashley Cole in the 9th minute.

Mario Götze and Thomas Müller were the next German pair to break through in the 23rd minute, quickly followed by Robert Lewandowski, who deftly headed in a cross from Juan Bernat in the 25th.

As Roma lost heart, Robben was once again able to outrun Cole to make it 4-0 in the 30th minute, and a handball by Kostas Manolas a few minutes later gave Müller a penalty chance that he didn't let slip.

By half-time there was no more jeering from Roma fans – or if there was, it was drowned out by the jubilant voices of the Germans.

Bayern lost their dominance to a determined Italian counterattack in the second half, with the post and Manuel Neuer stopping two chances from an aggressive Gervinho.

A foul against Müller earned Vassilis Torosidis a yellow card from referee Jonas Eriksson before Gervinho finally slipped a ball past Neuer after 66 minutes.

But there was no hope for Roma as Bayern once again kicked up a gear and returned to the attack, with further goals from Frank Ribery and Xherdan Shaqiri in the 78th and 80th minutes.

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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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