£10.5m former Arsenal star nets opener in Europa League derby opener

Sevilla Football Club

Jose Antonio Reyes doesn't score many goals - but this one sure was important.

Just like Manchester United last night Spanish outfit Sevilla had it all to do in Europe tonight = but for them their opponents were a much more local beast.

Sevilla took on local rivals Real Betis tonight away from home - and travelled with a 2-0 deficit to overturn.

For many it appeared an almost impossible task - despite the fact Betis are currently bottom of La Liga after a woeful follow-up to their excellent 2012-13 season guided by Pepe Mel.

But Sevilla pulled off the turnaround of the round by winning 2-0 in normal time, forcing the game to penalties and then emerging victorious - 4-3 after five spot-kicks apiece.

And the man who got the ball rolling is a former Arsenal star.

One of Arsene Wenger’s most expensive 190 players of his 999 games in charge of the club - and a member of the last Gunners team to win silverware - Jose Antonio Reyes scored.

The one time £10.5 million signing Reyes has not exactly shone since becoming a Sevilla player again in 2011 - scoring just five La Liga goals in his time back at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

In February he bagged his first goal for the club since March 2013 after the NK Maribor keeper slammed the ball into him for a humorous ricochet goal.

This finish would have meant more - against his arch-rivals first, and it took a lot more effort than his last strike - as he coolly slotted away an Alberto Moreno cross.

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