Sevilla beat local rivals Real Betis 2-0 as La Liga football returned on 11 June in a match played behind closed doors.

After a tense opening half Lucas Ocampos gave Sevilla the lead from the spot become the first player from the club to score in five consecutive La Liga fixtures since Alvaro Negredo in 2011. Betis’ Marc Barta was booked for bundling into De Jong in a penalty awarded after a VAR review.

Ocampos turned provider moments later, applying an audacious backheel of a corner that allowed Fernando to head home two minutes after the hour mark in the derby.

Borja Iglesias squandered Betis’ best chance of the game just five minutes later, when he headed Alex Moreno’s cross wide from six yards.

Betis stirred into life late on producing their best spell of the game in the 79th minute but Emerson dragged his shot wide of the target. 

Sevilla’s Ocampos inspired flurry was enough to see them earn a derby win and three points that leave them well placed in the Champions League race.

FANS GATHERING OUTSIDE MET BY POLICE AS LA LIGA RETURNS

Despite the ban on fans, around 200 supporters, still gathered around the stadium, in the centre of the city.

Almost all of the supporters were reportedly masked against the virus but the gathering is exactly the kind of thing authorities feared might happen when high profile matches are played behind closed doors.

Greeting the 200 hardcore fans were around 600 police deployed on horseback.

According to reports from Sevillas, the streets were blocked and barriers erected around the ground before most of the fans eventually dispersed ahead of the 20:00 GMT kick-off. 

The Seville derby is usually played in one of Spain’s most colourful atmospheres. In normal circumstances the La Liga fixture would have attracted a crowd of more than 40,000.

“It’s very bizarre, it’s different. This derby behind closed doors makes us sad, but despite that it will still be intense,” said Laura Marin, a 23-year-old Sevilla supporter when interviewed by AFP.

Another Sevilla fan, Jose Luis Meana, said he would be following the game on the radio.

Despite the stadium ban, he said he will still experience the derby “with great passion, because football that we love so much is back”. 

“We don’t know what form the players will be in,” Meana added. 

“We also hope that there will be no new wave (of the virus) with people gathering.”

Sevilla are third in the table and chasing Champions League qualification, while Betis lie in mid-table.

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