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Germany L. Goretzka (3), K. Havertz (7), İ. Gündoğan (56)

Bierhoff explains reasoning behind Halstenberg's isolation: "Unfortunately, it was a stupid game of backgammon"

By Peter Vice

German national team director Oliver Bierhoff updated the public on Marcel Halstenberg's status shortly after Germany kicked off against Iceland on Thursday. 

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Giving the public an unexpected glimpse into the stringent contact-tracing protocols inside the German national team, DFB team director Oliver Bierhoff noted that Marcel Halstenberg's self-isolation was prompted by prolonged exposure to Jonas Hofmann. The Leipzig fullback was thus classified as as "Level 1 Contact" after Hofmann tested positive for COVID earlier in the day.

"They sat together for a long time," Bierhoff reported, "Unfortunately, it was a stupid game of backgammon."

Prior to kickoff, Bundestrainer Joachim Löw told the RTL microphones that he had absolutely planned to start Halstenberg, huffing "we've had to improvise again."

Without Halstenberg and the injured Robin Gosens, Löw swing Emré Can out to left-back. In point of fact, this wasn't a novel improvisation as Can has played as a fullback many times for club team Borussia Dortmund this season.

"I would have liked to have everyone on board this week," Löw said in  a pre-match interview, "but there's no need to lament. We have to make the best of it."

1Manuel Neuer (C)
13Lukas Klostermann
4Matthias Ginter
16Antonio Rüdiger
23Emre Can
18Leon Goretzka ↩71
6Joshua Kimmich
21İlkay Gündoğan
10Kai Havertz ↩79
20Serge Gnabry ↩86
19Leroy Sané ↩79
12Kevin Trapp
22Marc-André ter Stegen
9Timo Werner ↪79
2Philipp Max
5Jonathan Tah
8Jamal Musiala ↪79
11Amin Younes ↪86
14Florian Neuhaus ↪71
15Florian Wirtz
1Hannes Halldórsson
15Alfons Sampsted
14Kári Árnason
5Sverrir Ingason
18Hörður Magnússon
17Aron Gunnarsson (C)
21Arnór Traustason ↩71
4Victor Pálsson ↩89
16Rúnar Sigurjónsson ↩40
8Birkir Bjarnason
22Jón Böðvarsson ↩89
12Ögmundur Kristinsson
13Rúnar Rúnarsson
9Kolbeinn Sigþórsson ↪89
20Albert Gudmundsson ↪40
3Hólmar Eyjólfsson
6Ragnar Sigurðsson
19Hjörtur Hermannsson
23Ari Skúlason ↪89
7Johann Guðmunds­son
10Arnór Sigurdsson ↪71
11Hólmbert Fridjonsson

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