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Real Madrid forward tests positive for COVID-19 before Man City visit

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A Real Madrid player has tested positive for coronavirus days before the club’s UEFA Champions League second leg at Manchester City.

Mariano is said to be “in perfect health” — aside from the virus test — and quarantining away from Real.

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The 26-year-old Spanish-born Dominican Republic international has only played 84 minute this season across seven appearances, scoring one goal.

He’s been on the bench for four of Real’s last five matches and most recently made an appearance July 2 against Getafe.

Of course the players are tested often and Real will not be bringing any positive-testing players to England, but Mariano’s positive test is a stark reminder that vigilance is needed despite the knowledge of how well the virus has been “governed” since soccer restarted in Europe.

Here is Real’s statement from its official web site:

After the COVID-19 tests carried out yesterday on our first team footballers by the Real Madrid Medical Services, our player Mariano, tested positive. The player is in perfect health and is complying with the protocol of isolation at home.

Man City leads Real Madrid 2-1 after one leg and hosts La Liga’s champions at the Etihad Stadium on Friday. Sergio Ramos is suspended for the visitors.

Stunning volley proves to be decider as Lyon tops Caen

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With Paris Saint-Germain suffering its first league defeat on Saturday, Lyon knew it could gain ground (albeit slight ground) on the Ligue 1 leaders.

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Lyon took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes when Maxwel Cornet lifted the visitors, but it was the game’s second goal that really got social media going.

In the 54th minute, Lyon dispossessed hosts Caen in its own half, before the ball fell to the team’s leading goalscorer — Mariano.

Watch the full buildup to the goal below, prior to Mariano’s blast into the side netting.