World News – US – Atalanta cruise, Inter held in Serie A as Juve-Napoli amid coronavirus chaos


Papu Gomez extended his goal streak to give Atalanta a third consecutive 5-2 victory over Cagliari on Sunday as title rivals Inter Milan were stuck 1-1 in a bad mood against Lazio in Rome where both teams finished one man down

Champions Juventus’ clash against Napoli later Sunday remained in doubt as Southerners did not travel to Turin due to two cases of coronavirus

« No, everything is like Saturday, » a spokesperson for Naples told AFP, when asked about a possible departure for Turin, a few hours before kick-off

Lega Serie A have insisted that all health protocols are in place to ensure the game goes safely as planned in Turin at 6:45 p.m. GMT

In Bergamo, Atalanta struck hard in their first home game this season, bringing their total to 13 goals in three games played, to climb to the top of the Serie A table

But Inter lost points for the first time in this campaign despite playing 20 minutes with one more player after Ciro Immobile was sent off from Lazio

Gasperini’s side had four goals at the break with Luis Muriel opening after seven minutes

Gomez exploded in the distant second just before the half hour, five minutes after Uruguayan defender Diego Godin brought Cagliari to the level of his debut since leaving Inter Milan

Joao Pedro cut the Sardinian deficit after the break, but Sam Lammers scored his home opener with an impressive solo effort nine minutes to go

In Rome, Lautaro Martinez gave the advantage to Antonio Conte’s teams after half an hour of absence on an effort from Ivan Perisic deflected, but Sergej Milinkovic-Savic led to the equalizer ten minutes later the start of the second period

Immobile was sent off after 69 minutes for knocking at Arturo Vidal with Inter’s Stefano Sensi also seeing red with just minutes to go

Hellas Verona fell to their first loss of the season with Jasmin Kurtic scoring after just one minute to give Parma a first win this campaign

In Turin, confusion reigned over Napoli’s roster, after midfielder Eljif Elmas and Poland international Piotr Zielinski contracted the virus

The team did not leave Naples due to measures by regional health authorities, despite Lega Serie A insisting conditions were safe

« The protocol provides rules, which allow league matches to be played even with positive tests, lining up players who test negative, » Serie A said

These measures are « applicable to the situation of Naples, which has two positive players for Covid-19 », added La Liga Serie A

The league said it had « a precise rule to adopt in the event of multiple positives which could lead to the postponement of matches only upon the occurrence of certain conditions which, for the moment, do not apply in the case of Napoli »

Juventus have confirmed they will ‘go to the pitch’ as ​​planned despite two positive tests among their squad with coach Andrea Pirlo naming their match day squad

If Napoli do not play for Gennaro Gattuso’s side, who have won their two Serie A matches so far this season, would lose the game 3-0

The league applies UEFA rules which state that a match can take place as long as a team has 13 healthy players, including a goalkeeper

The only possible exemption would be a club that has an active Covid-19 outbreak with more than ten new positive cases in a week

The Genoa game against Torino on Saturday has been postponed with the Ligurian club, which lost 6-0 to Napoli last weekend, with 22 cases, including 17 players

Atalanta BC, Serie A, Cagliari Calcio, Juventus FC, SSC Napoli, Alejandro Darío Gómez, UEFA Champions League, Gian Piero Gasperini

World news – States United – Atalanta cruise, Inter held in Serie A as Juve-Napoli in the chaos of the coronavirus



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