Flamengo’s rival in the next round of the Copa Libertadores, Independiente del Valle will also have absences due to Covid-19. The Ecuadorean club said on Monday that four players in the squad had tested positive for the disease after undergoing PCR tests last weekend. The athletes were isolated before the delegation’s trip to Rio de Janeiro, where the duel for group A will take place on Wednesday, at 9:30 pm, at Maracanã.
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According to a statement from Del Valle, the PCR tests were carried out last Saturday, shortly after the duel against Barcelona de Guayaquil, with four positive results. The club then tried to call the health authorities of Ecuador, as well as the national league and Conmebol – in addition to the teams that faced the team in the last week: Junior Barranquilla and Barcelona.
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The announcement of positive cases at Del Valle comes just over a week after the Ecuadorean team’s clash against Flamengo in Quito, when the hosts thrashed 5-0. The next day, the Brazilian team detected the appearance of an outbreak of Covid-19 in his squad. Initially, seven players tested positive, before the game against Barcelona, in Guayaquil. And, after the second confrontation in Ecuador, the total number of infected players reached 16.
Independiente Del Valle thrashed Flamengo on the 17th – Photo: Getty Images
The outbreak in Flamengo ignited the alert in Del Valle and Barcelona, which faced athletes who had their infection detected the day after the matches. However, in the tests carried out on the Ecuadorian teams right after the Libertadores games, there were no positive cases. The two teams, coincidentally, faced each other last Saturday for the Ecuadorian Championship.
Until last Sunday, Barcelona de Guayaquil had no confirmed case of Covid-19 in their squad, despite the clash against Flamengo in the last week, when the risk of contagion put the performance of the game in doubt. The team must present results of new exams before the trip to Colombia for the duel against Junior Barranquilla, also next Wednesday.
Timeline of Covid cases in group A of Libertadores:
Independiente del Valle goleia or Flamengo by 5 to 0
Flamengo announces six positive cases at the delegation in Ecuador; athletes faced Del Valle
Vitinho is the seventh Flamengo player in Ecuador to test positive
After an imbroglio and attempt to ban the stadium by the city hall, Flamengo beat Barcelona de Guayaquil
Independiente del Valle loses to Junior Barranquilla na Colômbia
Flamengo returns to Brazil, and tests show 16 positive cases among players, in addition to an outbreak in the football department
After an outbreak in Flamengo, Barcelona de Guayaquil is isolated in CT for tests
Independiente del Valle announces a positive case with no cast
Barcelona says it did not record positive cases in a new round of tests
Independiente del Valle and Barcelona de Guayaquil draw 1-1 for the Ecuadorian Championship; athletes take new tests after the game
Independiente del Valle announces four positive cases not cast