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Sevilla win derby against Betis and keep pressure on Real Madrid

Sevilla win derby against Betis and keep pressure on Real Madrid

SECOND-PLACED Sevilla beat bitter rivals Real Betis 2-1 on Sunday to close the gap on LaLiga leaders Real Madrid to six points. Julen Lopetegui's team dominated the derby from the beginning and Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring in the 24th minute with a penalty after goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had tripped striker Youssef En Nesyri in a one-on-one challenge inside the area. Four minutes before the break, Munir El Haddadi, who had come on minutes earlier for the injured Papu Gomez, took advantage of a mistake from the Betis defence to win the ball and put a low cross-shot between Bravo…
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Sevilla FC vs Real Betis firing on all cylinders for the first Gran Derbi

Sevilla FC vs Real Betis firing on all cylinders for the first Gran Derbi

THE Seville Derby is known as one of the fiercest in world football, but this Sunday’s encounter is also a top-of-the-table tussle with very real ramifications in the LaLiga Santander title race. Morocco’s fantastic international goalkeeper, Yassine ‘Bono’ Bounou has been ‘Mr Consistency’ in goal for Sevilla FC to propel his club to second spot on the LaLiga standings and a league title challenge. While Bounou has been the model of steady, reliable form and has hardly put a foot wrong all season, he says what makes African opponents for club and country so hard to play against is that…
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