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Germany - Switzerland

Europe: UEFA Nations League
Germany T. Werner (28), K. Havertz (55), S. Gnabry (60)
RheinEnergieStadionFull time3-3
Switzerland M. Gavranović (5), R. Freuler (26), M. Gavranović (56), F. Schär (90)

Zero spectators for Germany-Switzerland as Köln locks down

By Peter Vice

Köln managing director can have little cause for complaint this time. Rising corona infection rates in the Cathedral City means that absolutely no fans will be allowed into the RheinEnergieStadion to watch the German national team play against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.

RheinEnergieStadion.Photo: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas

Even a minuscule audience has been deemed unsafe. The latest infection rates reported by the Cologne health department place the seven day running average of new COVID cases as 66.8 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Such a total exceeds the 35 case average that permits public open-air events to proceed with restrictions in the Bundesrepublik. Additionally, the number places Köln over the 50 person threshold that labels a regional a "hot-spot". Drastic societal lockdowns are in store for the city.

The carnival club were permitted to allow in 300 fans last weekend for their derby fixture against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The same amount of live observers were permitted in to watch Germany's 3-3 draw with Turkey in a friendly five days ago.

This time neither the club, city, or DFB even entertained the notion of spectators. A statement on the DFB website confirms that the FA did not even submit a petition for fans over the weekend.

1M. Neuer (C)
13L. Klostermann
4M. Ginter ↪77
16A. Rüdiger
19R. Gosens ↪57
6J. Kimmich
8T. Kroos
21K. Havertz ↪77
18L. Goretzka
20S. Gnabry
9T. Werner
12B. Leno
22K. Trapp
10J. Brandt
11L. Waldschmidt
17J. Hofmann
2R. Koch
3M. Halstenberg ↩57
5J. Tah
15N. Süle
7J. Draxler ↩77
14F. Neuhaus
23E. Can ↩77
1Y. Sommer
3S. Widmer
4N. Elvedi
22F. Schär
13R. Rodríguez
14S. Zuber ↪66
8R. Freuler ↪85
10G. Xhaka (C)
23X. Shaqiri ↪66
19M. Gavranović ↪75
9H. Seferović ↪85
12Y. Mvogo
21J. Omlin
7C. Itten ↩85
11R. Vargas
16C. Fassnacht
18A. Mehmedi ↩75
2L. Benito ↩85
5B. Omeragic
6E. Cömert
17J. Lotomba
15D. Sow ↩66
20E. Fernandes ↩66

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