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‘Disappointed’ Löw questions future as Germany manager

Germany coach Joachim Löw refused to commit himself to stay beyond the next World Cup campaign as he picked through the wreckage of the country's Euro 2016 exit.

'Disappointed' Löw questions future as Germany manager
Joachim Löw. Photo: DPA

Antoine Griezmann scored twice in Marseille on Thursday to guide France to a 2-0 win and a place in Sunday's European Championship final against Portugal.

The world champions crashed out, but Löw said Germany had been the better team on the night.

“We were the better team, we invested a lot [in the match],” said Löw.

Asked about whether he intended to stay on after the 2018 World Cup in Russia, he said: “I'm still disappointed so I don't want to think about that tonight.

“How I cope with that is difficult to answer, we haven't discussed beforehand what we would do after a loss, we will talk about that in a few days.

“We'll talk about it on the flight home, but this has been a good tournament for us.”

Löw and his players were bitterly disappointed at the defeat having had the lion's share of possession in a game in which France beat Germany in a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.

'Unlucky' Schweinsteiger

“We played well up front and we were unlucky to concede a penalty with the handball just a minute before the break.”

Referee Nicola Rizzoli awarded the penalty for a Bastian Schweinsteiger handball in first-half injury time, although German players surrounded the match official in protest.

Löw said he had to “calm the players down” in the dressing room at half-time after the penalty decision.

“It doesn't do you any good to be negative in that situation,” he said.

“I don't want to say anything about referees' decisions.

“If you see the way Schweinsteiger went in, he didn't have time to react and he was just unlucky.

“You could say his hands couldn't have been up, but there is little he can do to control them, so I can't blame him for that.”

France made Germany pay for wasting a string of first-half chances when Griezmann hit his second when Manuel Neuer head into the path of Griezmann to tap the ball through the goalkeeper's legs.

“We dominated the French in the midfield and we should have cleared the ball for their second goal,” Löw said.

Löw was forced into several changes by injury in the quarter-final to midfielder Sami Khedira and striker Mario Gomez, plus the loss of Mats Hummels to suspension.

Liverpool's Emre Can made his debut at these finals in partnering Bastian Schweinsteiger in the defensive midfield.

But Löw said that unlike their Euro 2012 semi-final defeat to Italy and loss to Spain at the same stage of the 2010 World Cup, his team was not out-played.

“Today we didn't have the luck we needed,” said Löw.

“In Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, we were beaten by better teams.

“That wasn't the case today, but we didn't have the luck you need.

“We had Hummels suspended and we lost [Jerome] Boateng with injury during the game, so we were missing four players at the end.

“We showed a lot of courage so there is nothing to criticise the team for.”

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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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