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After cancellation: Betis wins against local rivals FC Sevilla

Betis Sevilla have won the continuation of the Spanish cup game against city rivals FC Sevilla, which was canceled on Saturday evening due to fan riots.

The game continued on Sunday afternoon in front of empty stands, Betis won 2-1 (1-1) thanks to Sergio Canales’ goal in the 73rd minute and advanced to the quarter-finals.

The Copa del Rey round of 16 duel had been stopped the night before in the 39th minute when the score was 1-1 after visiting professional Joan Jordán was hit in the head by a flagpole thrown from the stands. The incident caused great outrage in Spain: “An idiot ruins the derby,” headlines the trade newspaper “Marca” on page one.

But it wasn’t just the one, previously unidentified fan who caused trouble. When Jordán went down, some Betis supporters chanted at him and the visiting team for several minutes.

While Betis players condemned the incident, they also tried to put it into perspective. They accused Sevilla FC coach Julen Lopetegui of calling on Jordán to “throw himself on the ground and feign dizziness”. The 27-year-old Jordán held his head on the ground for a moment, but quickly got up again. “It’s all the dark side of our football,” commented the specialist journal “AS”.

A Seville derby in the Betis stadium was canceled almost 15 years ago. Back then, on February 28, 2007, visiting coach Juande Ramos was hit in the head by a bottle thrown by a fan in the second leg of the cup.

The incident happened again after Betis made it 1-1 through Nabil Fekir in the 39th minute. Papu Gómez had just given Sevilla FC the lead. Jordán was absent from the continuation of the game because, according to the club, the professional was “under medical observation” at home.

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