Lucas Ocampo wins derby for Sevilla as La Liga resumes

Sevilla players after beating Real Betis
Sevilla players after beating Real Betis

Lucas Ocampos, the Argentine winger for Sevilla, produced a classy display Thursday night to lead his side to a 2-0 home win over city rivals Real Betis.

It was the first La Liga game since the season was halted three months ago by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sevilla dominated the derby on Thursday in an empty and eerily quiet Sanchez Pizjuan.

In normal times, the stadium which would have been 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.

Then he gave 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.