The Italian champions Juventus announced on Saturday that their whole squad have gone into isolation after two staff members tested positive for Covid-19, but the club remain committed to hosting Napoli in this weekend’s Serie A clash. Juventus said that those returning positive tests were “neither players nor members of the technical or medical staff”.
“This procedure will allow all members who tested negative to carry out regular training and match activities, but (they) will not be allowed contact with anyone outside the group,” Juve said in a statement. “The club is in constant contact with health authorities.”
In a separate statement, the Bianconeri declared that they will take the field for the Napoli match on Sunday. However, Italian news agencies also reported that Napoli had been prevented from travelling to Turin by local health authorities due to the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in their squad.
Two Napoli players, Piotr Zielinski and Elif Elmas, and a staff member returned positive Covid-19 tests less than a week after the club hosted Genoa, who have themselves been hit by a spate of cases.
Genoa, whose game at home to Torino on Saturday had already been postponed, said on Friday that two more players and one more staff member had returned positive Covid-19 tests, bringing the total to 19 in the last week.
The former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Pedro scored Roma’s winner away against Udinese on Saturday evening in a 1-0 victory. Earlier in the day, Francesco Caputo struck twice in an emphatic 4-1 win for Sassuolo against Crotone.
Borussia Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna and Erling Haaland combined to help crush Freiburg 4-0 as they bounced back in style from a disappointing week. Reyna, the 17-year-old American, served up three assists in the absence of Jadon Sancho, who was sidelined with an infection.
Two were for Haaland, who scored either side of Emre Can’s powerful 47th-minute header to take his tally to 17 goals from 18 Bundesliga games this year. Haaland then set up Felix Passlack for a fourth in stoppage-time, laying the ball off for an easy finish rather than going for a hat-trick.
It was a first win in three games for Dortmund after last week’s shock loss to Augsburg and Wednesday’s defeat to Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup. They have six points from three league games, with Eintracht Frankfurt top on seven after their 2-1 win over Hoffenheim. The former Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric gave Hoffenheim a half-time lead wiht his sixth goal in three games before Daichi Kamada levelled and Bas Dost completed a second-half turnaround.
Elsewhere Borussia Mönchengladbach got their first win of the season at Cologne, Lars Stindl rounding off a 3-1 victory from the spot. Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen shared the points after Sasa Kalajdzic’s third goal in the third Bundesliga appearance of his career cancelled out Patrik Schick’s opener. And a clinical finish from Leonardo Bittencourt was the difference as Werder Bremen edged out Arminia Bielefeld 1-0.
In the late kick-off, RB Leipzig went top of the table with a 4-0 win against Schalke, strikes from Angeliño, Willi Orban and Marcel Halstenberg from the spot adding to a Can Bozdogan own-goal.
In Spain, Atlético Madrid were held to a goalless draw for the second game in a row by Unai Emery’s Villarreal. Luis Suárez was quiet on his first home start but his replacement, Diego Costa, twice came close to snatching a late winner but failed to connect with dangerous crosses, while Villarreal could also have found a late goal in an end-to-end finish when Gerard Moreno volleyed narrowly wide. Villarreal played the better football for most of the game and could have taken the lead in either half through the right-back Mario Gaspar, who was thwarted on both occasions by excellent saves from Jan Oblak.
Eibar stole the points at Valladolid in dramatic fashion. The away side went ahead when Esteban Burgos converted an early penalty before Toni Villa equalised. Pape Diop was then sent off in the second half but 10-man Eibar sealed the win when Kévin Rodrigues headed home at the back post in the 90th minute. The former Newcastle forward Mikel Merino was among the goals as Real Sociedad beat Getafe 3-0, and Elche and Huesca shared the points in a goalless draw.
In France, Lens went level with Rennes at the top of the table, albeit having played a game more, by taking their points tally to 13 with a 2-0 win over St-Étienne. Gaël Kakuta struck from the spot before Florian Sotoca wrapped up the win, against a side who finished with nine men.
• This report will be updated later