March 5, 2020 / 5:08 PM / a month ago

Juve face Inter on Sunday as Serie A announces weekend games

FILE PHOTO: Juventus Football Club scarf is attached to a no entry sign outside the Allianz Stadium, after five Serie A matches were postponed because of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in Turin, Italy, February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

MILAN (Reuters) - Five Italian Serie A matches which were postponed between Feb 29 and March 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak, including the heavyweight clash between Juventus and Inter Milan, will take place on Sunday, the league said in a statement on Thursday.

The matches will all be played without spectators following a government decree on Wednesday. The government has barred the public from all sports events until April 3 in a bid to curb Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

The other matches are Parma v SPAL, AC Milan v Genoa, Sampdoria v Verona and Udinese v Fiorentina, while a sixth game, Sassuolo v Brescia, will be played on Monday. The 27th round of matches, due to be played this weekend, will be rescheduled to a future date.

Second-placed Juventus are two points behind leaders Lazio with a game in hand while Inter are eight behind Lazio with two games in hand.

Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis

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