Sevilla aim to complete business against Betis
MADRID, March 19 (Reuters) - Sevilla plan to approach the remaining 33-minute segment of their King's Cup quarter-final second leg against city rivals Betis as if it were a full match, says coach Juande Ramos.
'We are going to play the minutes that are left with all the enthusiasm in the world in the hope of booking our place in the semi-finals of the competition,' the Sevilla coach told reporters after his side's 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.
'We will approach it as if it were a full game. We always go out to win and if things go well we will win this one too. If not we'll just have to settle for the draw.'
The original game at the Betis stadium was halted 12 minutes into the second half after Ramos was knocked unconscious by a bottle thrown from the stands moments after his side had taken the lead 1-0 on aggregate through striker Frederic Kanoute.
The Spanish Football Federation has ordered the remainder of the game to be played behind closed doors at the Getafe stadium on Tuesday.
Sevilla may have to do without Kanoute and inspirational goalkeeper Andres Palop who both picked up injuries in the win over Celta that kept them joint top of the Primera Liga with Barcelona.
Palop became the unlikely hero of last week's 5-4 UEFA Cup victory over Shakhtar Donetsk when he scored the goal that forced the game into extra time.
Kanoute took his tally for the season to 19 league goals when he scored from the penalty spot to open the scoring against Celta.
'We've only got 48 hours to recover so we will select the players who are in the best condition for the match,' said Ramos.
Betis, who are still struggling to stay clear of the relegation zone after losing 2-0 at Real Mallorca on Saturday, need to score twice if they are to turn the tables on their city rivals.
Their chances of mounting an unlikely comeback look even slimmer given that strikers Rafael Sobis and Fabrice Pancrate both picked up knee ligament injuries in the Mallorca match.
The winner of the tie will join Barcelona, Getafe and Deportivo Coruna in the draw for the semi-finals.