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Manchester misery for German clubs in CL

German clubs suffered in the Champion League on Wednesday, as VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach both lost to the money-laden clubs of Manchester.

Manchester misery for German clubs in CL
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Wolfsburg fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday to mean the English club caught them in the league table.

The group is on a knife edge, as after two games all four sides lie on three points.

Beaten 2-1 at PSV Eindhoven in their opening game, Manchester United fell behind to a fourth-minute Daniel Caligiuri goal at Old Trafford before Mata rode to the home team's rescue.

The Spain midfielder won and scored a 34th-minute penalty and then set up Chris Smalling with a stunning improvised flick eight minutes into the second half to give improving United a fourth consecutive victory.

Wolfsburg's defeat to United, coupled with PSV's 3-2 loss at CSKA Moscow, left them in a four-way tie for first place in Group B ahead of PSV's visit on October 21.

Wolfsburg finished the game strongly but could not prevent a fourth successive defeat in England, which left last season's German Cup winners and Bundesliga runners-up without a win in three matches.

“We lacked a bit of luck at the end,” said Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking. “But I'm confident we can build on tonight's strong performance.”

Aguero penalty piles misery on Gladbach

Sergio Aguero's 90th-minute penalty sealed Manchester City's 2-1 comeback win at Mönchengladbach on Wednesday in the Champions League to continue the Germans' spot-kick misery in Europe.

Having opened their debut Champions League campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Sevilla, which included two penalties, Gladbach remain bottom of Group D as they search to replace ex-coach Lucien Favre.

The result is a set back for Gladbach after their first defeat under caretaker coach Andre Schubert following two Bundesliga wins since Favre quit on September 20 after five German league defeats.

This was Borussia's first European match at this level for 37 years and their first defeat to English opposition at home on the continent in six matches.

“The bottom line first of all is how disappointed we are to have not taken anything from this game,” said Schubert.
“We kept in the game, defended well, but we still lost.”

City are now third only on goal-difference after leaders Juventus enjoyed a 2-0 win at home to Sevilla on Wednesday as Manuel Pellegrini's Citizens bounced back from their opening 2-1 defeat at home to the Italians.

After striker Lars Stindl had put Gladbach ahead at Borussia Park, City came from behind as Andreas Christensen's own goal put the English team level before Aguero's late spot-kick.

The win breathes life back into City's European aspirations as they bounced back from their 4-1 mauling at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart played a role in City's victory by keeping out Raffael's first-half penalty attempt, then saving first-half shots from the Brazilian and Germany winger Patrick Herrmmann.

 

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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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