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La Liga returns: Sevilla beat rivals Real Betis 2-0 in derby

By Tom RostanceBBC Sport
Sevilla celebrate their second goal
Lucas Ocampos is the first Sevilla player to score in five consecutive La Liga appearances since Alvaro Negredo in September 2011

Sevilla beat Real Betis in the Seville derby as La Liga returned after a three-month gap - with some teething problems off the pitch.

Groups of fans ignored guidance as they gathered outside the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium before the game, and some of the TV presentation left plenty to be desired.

But in Lucas Ocampos the hosts had the key man to win the first match played in Spain since the coronavirus pandemic halted proceedings on 10 March.

La Liga is the second of Europe's big five leagues to resume, with the Premier League following suit next week.

Fans gather outside
Plenty of fans of both sides gathered outside before the match

After a minute's silence in memory of those who have died during the pandemic, La Liga returned with some new additions.

As previously heard in Germany, there was artificial crowd noise. But unlike in Germany, the mix was way too low and almost inaudible for much of the game.

The vast, empty stands were painted in 'virtual support' in what was sold beforehand as images of fans wearing club colours.

The actual effect was extremely low key though, looking more like a collage of coloured dots which were only visible on the one wide camera shot, with the 'crowd' disappearing whenever the director changed angle, and sometimes hovering in mid-air when a replay appeared.

At times, such as during some pre-arranged drinks breaks, the vacant stands displayed the message of 'Safe sport, safe tourism - Spain welcomes you'.

Sevilla fan watches on
After three months away fans were keen to see the game from wherever they could

When tourists return to Seville remains to be seen, but Champions League football may well soon - the home side are now within six points of Real Madrid.

Ocampos was the game's key player throughout, rattling the crossbar from a narrow angle in the first half before breaking the deadlock from the penalty spot.

He then conjured an ingenious backheeled flick from a corner to find Fernando for the game-sealing second goal, Sevilla celebrating the three points just after midnight local time.

Leaders Barcelona are in action for the first time on Saturday, while Real Madrid play on Sunday.

Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 1Vaclik
  • 16Navas
  • 20Santos Silva
  • 12Koundé
  • 23ReguilónSubstituted forVázquezat 80'minutes
  • 24Jordán
  • 25Reges
  • 21TorresSubstituted forEscuderoat 80'minutes
  • 11El HaddadiSubstituted forFernández Saezat 74'minutes
  • 19de JongSubstituted forEn-Nesyriat 71'minutes
  • 5OcamposSubstituted forBanegaat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gómez
  • 7Rony Lopes
  • 8Nolito
  • 10Banega
  • 13Bono
  • 14Fernández Saez
  • 15En-Nesyri
  • 18Escudero
  • 22Vázquez
  • 26Mena
  • 36Rodríguez
  • 43Sanchez

Real Betis

  • 1Robles
  • 22Leite de Souza JuniorBooked at 49mins
  • 5BartraBooked at 54mins
  • 12da Silva JúniorSubstituted forFeddalat 45'minutes
  • 15Moreno LoperaSubstituted forPedrazaat 78'minutes
  • 10Canales
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 24AleñáSubstituted forSánchez Rodríguezat 69'minutes
  • 8Fekir
  • 9IglesiasSubstituted forMorónat 69'minutes
  • 11TelloSubstituted forLainezat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Feddal
  • 6Pedraza
  • 13Martín Fernández
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 16Morón
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 18Guardado
  • 19Barragán
  • 20Lainez
  • 23Mandi
  • 28Sánchez
  • 32González
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamReal Betis
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sevilla 2, Real Betis 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sevilla 2, Real Betis 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Diego Lainez (Real Betis).

  4. Post update

    Sergio Escudero (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jules Koundé (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Escudero with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Sevilla. Conceded by Alfonso Pedraza.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Suso (Sevilla) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joaquín (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Jesús Navas.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Real Betis. Joel Robles tries a through ball, but Nabil Fekir is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Diego Lainez (Real Betis).

  12. Post update

    Franco Vázquez (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Sergio Canales (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joan Jordán (Sevilla).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joaquín (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nabil Fekir.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Alfonso Pedraza (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla).

  19. Post update

    Emerson (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Franco Vázquez (Sevilla).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 11th June 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid27168349193056
3Sevilla28148641291250
4Real Sociedad27144945331246
5Getafe27137737251246
6Atl Madrid271112431211045
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada27115113332138
10Ath Bilbao2791082923637
11Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis2889113845-733
13Levante27103143240-833
14Alavés2788112937-832
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
16Eibar2776142741-1427
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganés2758142139-1823
20Espanyol2748152346-2320
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