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Germany seek Scotland win to seal EC spot

The German national team face Scotland in Glasgow on Monday evening, hoping that a win will secure them a spot in the 2016 European Champions.

Germany seek Scotland win to seal EC spot
Sharp shooters, Thomas Müller (l) and Mario Götze. Photo: DPA

Germany's start to qualifying for the 2016 competition was beset by problems as Die Mannschaft appeared to be suffering from a post-World Cup hangover.

A loss away to Poland and a flat draw against Ireland meant that after three games the World Champions had only accumulated four points and were limping along behind lesser opposition.

But a steady improvement in form since, consolidated by a comprehensive 3-1 win against Poland on Friday, means that Germany are aiming to qualify with a win against the Scots on their home turf.

If the Irish fail to beat Georgia in Dublin and Germany win, then coach Joachim Löw's team will be progressing to the European finals for a record 16th time in succession, reports Bild.

But standing in Germany's way is a dire record against the Scots with only one win from six competitive games between the two nations on Scottish soil.

The last the last time the two teams met in Glasgow in 2003, they fought out a battling 1-1 draw, Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

The Scottish team also know they will have to get something from the game after a shock defeat away to Georgia on Friday left their qualification hopes hanging by a thread.

“Their defeat makes the situation a bit more dangerous for us,” Löw said. “Like always, when they play at home they will fight to the very last and do everything they can to leave the pitch with their dignity in tact.”

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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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