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Atletico Champions League arrival delay

By AAP Newswire

Atletico Madrid have arrived in Lisbon for the Champions League finals with a one-day delay because two players tested positive for coronavirus.

Forward Angel Correa and defender Sime Vrsaljko were found to have contracted COVID-19 in a weekend test of all members of the Atletico delegation for the tournament in Portugal.

They are in quarantine and everyone else needed to be tested again which did not allow the Spanish side to leave on Monday as originally planned.

Coach Diego Simeone held another training session in Madrid on Monday and after all additional tests were confirmed to be negative the team then left on Tuesday.

Their quarter-final against Germany's RB Leipzig scheduled for Thursday.

Meanwhile, KF Drita's 2020-21 preliminary round tie against Northern Irish club Linfield has been cancelled after a second player from the Kosovo side tested positive for the virus.

The announcement comes after Swiss health authorities and European soccer governing body UEFA decided to put the entire Drita squad into quarantine ahead of Tuesday's scheduled match against Linfield in Nyon.

The second Drita player who returned a positive test on Monday was in contact with other members of the delegation over the last days, UEFA said.

In a separate case on Friday, a Drita player returned a positive result for COVID-19 following testing prior to their 2-1 win over Inter Club d'Escaldes.

with DPA