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The Slovak defender Denis Vavro has tested positive for Covid-19, said coach Stefan Tarkovic. Photo: John Walton / PA Wire

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Covid-19 has heavily influenced Ireland’s plans for the Euro 2020 play-offs against Slovakia, but now the Slovaks have been severely hampered by the virus.

Defender Denis Vavro and the driver of the team bus tested positive, which is a real problem for them ahead of today’s clash with Sweden in St. Petersburg.

“The tests gave our team two positive results, an employee and a player.

« You automatically quarantined yourself and we immediately started working with Russian authorities and UEFA representatives, » said a representative from the Slovak Football Association.

This is a question that the Croatian camp does not only since the finals, but in the last few months.

Apart from a 3-0 win against Malta, Croatia have not scored more than one goal in their last six games and drawn a gap in the last two, hence the concern ahead of today’s game against a strong Czech side in Glasgow . « We know our problem has been our graduation lately, » said Croatian assistant coach Vedran Ćorluka.

« We are working to fix that for the next game. I am sure we will be much better and more dangerous. The Czechs are a much more dynamic team today, much faster, and I think a lot more uncomfortable, so it will be more difficult for us. ”

He made a name for himself with that two-goal shot for the Czech Republic, but he made a name for himself Irish international Ryan Manning could (almost) remember the striker: Manning was in the Irish U-19 team in March 2015 when Schick came off the bench to score the only goal of the game for the Czechs in one U-19 European Championship qualification in Germany. The Czechs lost 3-0 and 6-0 in their next two games in a group of four when Germany, led by a certain Leroy Sane, won the group and qualified.

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Average age of the Swedish squad, the oldest panel at the finals with 12 squad members in their 30s.

Today: Finland Sweden – Slovakia, RTÉ2 / BBC1, 2 p.m.; Croatia v Czech Republic, RTÉ2 / BBC1, 5:00 p.m.; England v Scotland, RTÉ2 / ITV, 8 p.m. Morning: Hungary v France, RTÉ2 / BBC1, 2 p.m.; Portugal – Germany, RTÉ2 / ITV, 5:00 p.m.; Spain – Poland, RTÉ2 / BBC1, 8 p.m.




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