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USA claims surprise 2-1 win over Germany

Jurgen Klinsmann's USA shocked Germany with a 2-1 victory in Wednesday's friendly as the Stars and Stripes followed up their win over the Netherlands by beating the world champions.

USA claims surprise 2-1 win over Germany
USA coach Jürgen Klinsmann (l) with Germany coach Joachim Löw. Photo: DPA

Bobby Wood, who plays for Germany's third division side Erzgebirge Aue, scored the winner just before the final whistle to seal the Americans' deserved victory.

It capped a dream few days for the 22-year-old who also hit the winner when the USA fought back to stun the Netherlands 4-3 in Amsterdam last Friday.

Again the USA fought back from a goal down to cap a strong display as Germany suffered their third defeat since winning the World Cup last year.

“That was a fun little game with a good end for us,” beamed Klinsmann, who has coached the USA since 2011 and steered Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup.

“My players are very happy and the way things developed in the second half, the victory was well deserved.

“This success will give American football even more attention.”

The defeat was not what Germany needed before their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday when they face bottom side Gibraltar away in Faro, Portugal, as they look to claim top spot in their group.

But after their Dutch win, it was a confidence booster for the USA as they prepare to host the CONCACAF Gold Cup next month.

“Our energy levels dropped as the game went on and we couldn't respond so well,” rued Germany coach Joachim Löw.

“If we had taken our chances at the start of the game, the USA would certainly not have come back from two or three-nil down.”

Mario Götze's first-half goal for Germany in Cologne was cancelled out by Mikkel Diskerud's equaliser just before the half-time break before Wood struck the decisive blow late on.

“That was inconvenient, we must play better football on Saturday, then we won't get into trouble again,” said Götze.

It was Klinsmann's second win over his former side Germany, coached by his former assistant Löw, after America's friendly win in Washington in 2013.

But Löw's team won when in mattered in the group stages in Brazil last year.

After a bright start, especially from debutant Patrick Herrmann, Germany took the lead when Bayern Munich's Götze hit his third international goal since netting the winner in the World Cup final.

Herrmann finished a blistering run by cutting in from the right wing and rolled a pass across the box for the unmarked Götze to fire home on 13 minutes.

But the Stars and Stripes deservedly drew level on 41 minutes when midfielder Michael Bradley, a former Borussia Moenchengladbach player put in a superb diagonal pass.

It found Oslo-born Diskerud in space and the winger fired past Germany's second-choice goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler with Manuel Neuer rested.

Löw made changes soon after the break with Sami Khedira, whose transfer from Real Madrid to Juventus was announced on Tuesday, taking over from Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The USA, who reached the last 16 of Brazil 2014, finished the stronger with only a reflex save from Zieler denying Bradley's thunderbolt strike from the edge of the area with ten minutes left.

Bradley started the move which led to Honolulu-born Wood's winner as he held off Shkodran Mustafi's challenge to beat Zieler from outside the area just before the whistle as the Hawaiian- native punched his shot home.

Khedira hit the crossbar in injury time as Germany chased in vain for an equaliser to spare their blushes.

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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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