Domagoj Vida, Croatia captain, unknowingly plays 45 minutes with COVID-19 vs Turkey

Domagoj Vida, Croatia captain, unknowingly plays 45 minutes with COVID-19 vs Turkey

- Domagoj Vida tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday, November 9, but the latest round of testing revealed a potentially positive result

- The Croatia captain played 45 minutes in the friendly against Turkey without the knowledge he had tested positive

- He was eventually substituted and will have to go into self-isolation

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Croatia captain Domagoj Vida played for 45 minutes in the thrilling 3-3 draw against Turkey before receiving harrowing news that he had COVID-19.

Croatia captain unknowingly plays 45 minutes with COVID-19 vs Turkey
Vida during the UEFA Nations League group stage football match between Portugal and Croatia at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal on September 5, 2020. (Photo by Pedro Fiúza).
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The centre-back tested negative in the routine test done on Monday, November 9 and was passed to play in the international friendly against Turkey and subsequent Nations League fixtures against Sweden and Portugal.

In a bizarre twist, however, tests in the morning of the game against Turkey in Istanbul revealed a ‘potentially positive result’ for the defender, although he still started in the game.

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Because of the latest test results which he only learnt of at half time, he was substituted for Filip Uremovic as a precautionary measure.

The Croatia FA has since released a statement on the same, confirming Vida had gone into isolation as part of the safety guidelines.

“Vida will, in accordance with regulations, spend the next few days in self-isolation in Istanbul,” the statement said.

Despite being in contact with his team mates and some of the Turkey players, Croatia will still travel to Sweden for a Nations Cup match on Saturday, November 14 and will still be subjected to further testing.

The Croatia medical team only got the results at half time, by which time Vida had already been substituted.

“As at that time the coach Zlatko Dalic had already made the decision to change Vida, the medical service of the national team isolated Vida according to all epidemiological measures until the confirmation of the test results,” the statement further read.

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Regardless, the friendly was a highly entertaining one as the 2018 World Cup finalists had to come from behind twice before taking a 3-2 lead in the 56th minute courtesy of a Josip Brekalo goal.

On loan Leicester winger Cengiz Ünder however restored parity once again two minutes later and the two sides eventually had to settle for a 3-3 draw.

Croatia currently occupy third spot in Group 3 of League A but have only taken three points from their first four games.

Earlier, had reported how Cristiano Ronaldo was on Saturday night, September 5, ordered to put on his face mask while watching his country facing Croatia in a UEFA Nations League encounter.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner had a toe infection which ruled him out of the match, but despite not being in the squad, Cristiano Ronaldo was still present in the stands.

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And while the match was ongoing, an health official noticed that Cristiano Ronaldo was not using a face mask and she walked to meet him.

After a moment of hesitancy, the former Real Madrid and Manchester United star obliged by putting on the face mask provided.

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