Sevilla star Fernando dedicates win over Betis to fans

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Brazilian midfielder Fernando Reges has dedicated to fans Sevilla’s 2-0 victory over Real Betis in the in El Gran Derby at an empty Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Thursday evening.

Fernando netted the second goal to seal the win for Sevilla after Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring in what was the first La Liga game since the season was halted three months ago by the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s a very strange feeling to play without our fans, but the win is for them,” said Fernando.

“We worked a lot to play well and take all three points. It’s been tough for me after getting over the injury, but I was able to play the ninety minutes and help us to win”.

“It’s very important, we knew it would be difficult, but we played well. We want to get points from every match to stay where we are,” concluded the Brazilian.

Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui echoed the words of his midfielder Fernando and dedicated the derby win to the fans, who are barred from attending for safety reasons.

“It’s a shame that our fans could not enjoy it here, but the win is dedicated to all of them. Of course, we felt their support and spirit, we spoke about it before starting,” said Lopetegui

“We were the better side and deserved the win, but of course they have individuals who have the ability to do things. We scored twice and had chances to score more. The reverse fixture was more balanced, but we were superior in this match,” added Lopetegui.

The derby win saw Lopetegui’s side move up to 50 points after 28 games and remain in third place while Betis are on 33 points in 12th place.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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