June 11, 2020 / 10:05 PM / 24 days ago

Soccer-Ocampos shines as Sevilla beat Betis in La Liga return

SEVILLE, Spain, June 11 (Reuters) - Sevilla’s Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos produced a classy display to lead his side to a 2-0 home win over city rivals Real Betis on Thursday in the first La Liga game since the season was halted three months ago by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sevilla dominated the derby in an empty and eerily quiet Sanchez Pizjuan which would usually be teeming with colour and noise for the occasion, but the red seats were left bare as fans were barred from attending for safety reasons.

Ocampos struck the post in the first half before giving Sevilla a deserved lead from the penalty spot in the 56th minute and he produced an outrageous backheel assist for midfielder Fernando to head home six minutes later.

The win tightened Sevilla’s hold on third place in the standings as Julen Lopetegui’s side moved on to 50 points after 28 games. Betis were left in 12th on 33. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)

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