11th June, 2020
F.C. Sevilla a few hours ago started off the rest of the LaLiga Santander season with a 2-0 victory over Real Betis at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
In a historic “Gran Derbi” played in front of an empty stadium in Seville, the hosts put on a beautiful show of full of attacking soccer in front of the watching world.
A certain Lucas Ocampos was involved in everything that was good for Sevilla and he almost found an early opener, seeing his cross-cum-shot smack the crossbar and bounce to safety.
Coach Julen Lopetegui’s side created a number of opportunities before half time and surely should’ve scored the first goal of the match when Jules Kounde wasted a header from close range.
Luuk de Jong equally had the opportunity to open the scoring, but his headed effort also dropped at the wrong side of Joel Robles’ left-hand post.
In the second half, Sevilla finally got the opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot when Marc Bartra was adjudged to have fouled De Jong in the area.
Ocampos then stepped up to take the spot-kick and sent Robles the wrong way to score the first goal since LaLiga Santander’s return.
Ocampos also played a key part in the hosts’ second goal as his exquisite backheel flick found Fernando, who directed the ball into the back of the net from in front of goal.
In spite of the arrivals of substitutes Joaquin and Loren Moron, Betis were unable to find a way back into the game in the final half an hour.
This victory strengthens Sevilla’s grasp on a Champions League place as they move four points clear of fifth-place Getafe in third.
The visitors, meanwhile, remain in 12th position on the LaLiga and are still nine points behind seventh-place Valencia, who presently occupy the final Europa League spot.
Sevilla: Vaclik; Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Reguilon (Escudero, min. 80); Oliver (Vazquez, min. 80), Fernando, Jordan; Ocampos (Banega, min. 71), De Jong (En-Nesyri, min. 71) and Munir (Suso, min. 75).
Betis: Robles; Emerson, Bartra, Sidnei (Feddal, min. 46), Moreno (Pedraza, min. 78); Alena (Joaquin, min. 69), Rodriguez, Canales; Tello (Lainez, min. 61), Iglesias (Loren, min. 69) and Fekir.
Goals: 1-0, min. 56: Ocampos; 2-0, min. 62: Fernando.