The most-awaited game of the EURO 2020 Round of 16 is set to take place on Tuesday at the iconic Wembley Stadium. The fans will get to witness one of the biggest rivalries in the history of football as England lock horns with Germany for securing a berth in quarter-finals. With so much drama and history involving the two nations in past, things have already started in a controversial manner ahead of this year's encounter as Joachim Low's side have been prohibited to train at Wembley.
German media terms it as 'scandal'
Notably, the weather in London hasn't been great in last few days. With the forecast of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms in lead up to Tuesday's match, the decision has been taken to ensure that the pitch doesn't deteriorate and remains in good condition to host the crucial knockout game. UEFA have admitted that although the decision is regrettable, it is unavoidable under present circumstances. A similar restriction was also applied to Austrian and Italian players ahead of their knockout game at Wembley on Saturday night to protect the pitch from any damage.
However, German media have not taken the decision very sportingly as German newspaper 'Bild' termed the whole situation as 'scandal' as it gives unfair advantage to England, who played all their three group games at the same venue.
Change in plans for Germany
With Germany forced to accept the official verdict of UEFA, they have decided to alter their plans ahead of the clash. They decided to have an extra training session at their training base in Herzogenaurach on Monday morning and will fly to London later in the day. The match is scheduled to take place on June 28 (Tuesday) at IST 9:30 PM. The stakes will be quite high as the losers will be eliminated from the tournament while the winners will progress to quarter-finals.