LaLiga: Over 60,000 fans tune in for virtual Seville derby between Borja Iglesias, Sergio Reguilon

Fans in Andalusia suffering from La Liga withdrawal symptoms after Sunday’s clash between Sevilla and Real Betis was postponed tuned in for the showdown between Betis’s Iglesias and Sevilla’s Reguilon on streaming service Twitch.

Reuters March 16, 2020 21:32:04 IST
LaLiga: Over 60,000 fans tune in for virtual Seville derby between Borja Iglesias, Sergio Reguilon

With football matches cancelled across Europe to stop the spread of the coronavirus , La Liga players Borja Iglesias and Sergio Reguilon found a novel way to attract 60,000 online fans - by battling out a thrilling Seville derby on the FIFA 20 videogame.

Fans in Andalusia suffering from La Liga withdrawal symptoms after Sunday’s clash between Sevilla and Real Betis was postponed tuned in for the showdown between Betis’s Iglesias and Sevilla’s Reguilon on streaming service Twitch.

The Iglesias-Reguilon contest took place at the same time as when the teams’ La Liga game had been due to take place at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday.

Iglesias led Betis to a thrilling 6-5 win, scoring the winning goal with his own avatar.

“Many thanks to the 60,000 plus fans who were live with us today,” wrote Reguilon on Twitter.

“I hope that we’ve entertained you a bit and that you’ve smiled. You’re great!”

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was another to turn his hand to esports, participating in a racing event online with Formula One drivers after the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled because of the virus.

La Liga is suspended at least until 4 April.

Updated Date:

also read

Serie A: Italian club Spezia hit with eight COVID-19 cases in pre-season training
Sports

Serie A: Italian club Spezia hit with eight COVID-19 cases in pre-season training

The news follows a two-year transfer ban imposed on the club Friday by FIFA for bringing underage Nigerian players to Italy in breach of national immigration laws

LaLiga: Atletico Madrid sign Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese
Sports

LaLiga: Atletico Madrid sign Argentina midfielder Rodrigo de Paul from Udinese

Atlético said De Paul joined the club on a five-year contract. He had been with Italian club Udinese since 2016.

LaLiga: Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema tests positive for COVID-19
Sports

LaLiga: Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema tests positive for COVID-19

Since joining Real in 2009, the 33-year-old Frenchman has scored nearly 300 goals for the Madrid club.