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Betis advance in resumed Spanish Cup clash

The Copa del Rey match that was suspended after an object was thrown from the stands was completed on Sunday behind closed doors and without the Sevilla player hit in the head in what the club called an “appalling attack”.

Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan was doing well but did not play in Sevilla’s 2-1 loss to Real Betis in a match that restarted in the 40th minute with the score level at 1-1 from Saturday.

Betis reached the quarter-finals with the victory at home.

Sergio Canales scored the winner from inside the area after a breakaway in the 73rd.

The match ended without any major incidents or altercations between the rivals.

A day earlier, Jordan had been taken to a hospital after being hit by a piece of PVC hurled from the stands while Betis were celebrating Nabil Fekir’s equaliser before halftime in the round-of-16 match between the fierce Seville rivals at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in southern Spain.

Jordan underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with a head trauma. He will remain under observation for at least 24 hours, the Spanish soccer federation said on Sunday.

Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini condemned what happened on Saturday but questioned some of the reactions to the incident.

“There needs to be a thorough investigation because everything got magnified,” he said.

Some Betis players on Saturday had accused Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui of trying to urge Jordan to go down after being hit.

“It’s lamentable to try to change the focus from what happened… It’s lamentable to hear some of these comments from colleagues,” Lopetegui said.

The federation said it wanted to avoid major logistical challenges by keeping the match at the Villamarin stadium, but no fans were allowed in order “to guarantee the match ends without new incidents, considering the seriousness of what happened.”

Spanish media said the person who threw the object from the stands was taken into custody by police.The Seville derby is notorious for being Spain’s most fiercely contested cross-town rivalry.

In 2007, Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious when he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown by a Betis fan.

Meanwhile, Elche edged eighth-placed visitors Villarreal 1-0 in the day’s only La Liga game to move up to 15th.

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