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Spain’s Covid-hit La Liga 2 decider back on course

By People Daily
Thursday, August 6th, 2020
Deportivo La Coruna players celebrate after scoring a goal in a past league match. Photo/FILE
In summary

Madrid, Wednesday

The Spanish second division game that was first postponed, then cancelled, because of a coronavirus outbreak at one of the teams is back on again, although it has already been rescheduled.

Deportivo La Coruna will host Fuenlabrada in the last game of the Liga 2 regular season on Friday.

The game was originally scheduled for July 20 but was postponed shortly before kick-off after members of Fuenlabrada’s travelling party tested positive for Covid-19.

The club had travelled to northwest Spain even though some staff and players, who remained in Madrid, had already tested positive.

A draw would have put Fuenlabrada in the promotion playoffs and the game was originally rescheduled.

But when the number of positive tests among Fuenlabrada players and staff, both back in Madrid and at the hotel in La Coruna where the travelling squad had gone into quarantine, the match was cancelled.

On Monday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) previously announced the game was back on and would be played on Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, La Liga said the game would be played on Friday evening. Results elsewhere in the final round mean that Deportivo cannot escape relegation to the third tier on the field, but they will have to play more than two weeks after their already extended season should have ended to help determine whether Fuenlabrada or Elche claim the final playoff berth. 

Zaragoza awaits the qualifier in a two-leg semi-final on dates still to be decided.

The winner will meet Almeria or Girona, who have already played the first leg of their semi-final, for a place in La Liga.   -AFP

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