• Tuesday Oct 17, 2017

    Costa Rica int’l Campbell scores on Real Betis return, looks to future

    Costa Rica international Joel Campbell, shown in a recent Real Betis training session, scored for the club against visiting Valencia in a Spanish La Liga match on October 15, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Real Betis Balompié)

    SEVILLA, Spain – After more than three months on the sidelines due to a right-knee injury suffered during the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Costa Rica international Joel Campbell returned to action Sunday in Real Betis’ 6-3 loss to visiting Valencia in Spain’s La Liga.

    Two minutes after entering as 77th-minute substitute for Sergio Leon, he scored to ignite a rally that eventually saw Betis shrink a four-goal deficit to one, before conceding twice late.

    "It has been a difficult match,” said Campbell.  “We could not get the victory at home, which was very important, but this does not end here and we have to keep working."

    Real Betis currently sits ninth in the table with a 4W-1D-3L record.  Despite the defeat, the 25-year-old attacker was excited to be back on the field and play a role in what would have been a memorable comeback.

    "I did not think it (the deficit) could be reversed in fifteen minutes, but I tried my best because I had not played for three months,” Campbell expressed.  “I was able to help the team a little.  The goal, which was the three points, didn’t happen."

    On the strength of his performance in limited playing time, the Arsenal loanee is eager to move forward

    "When you enter the field and get the first ball you play, it facilitates confidence,” finished Campbell.  “Step by step, there is a long way to go and I want to keep growing at the level because it is not easy after three months without playing.”

    Real Betis returns to action on Saturday, when it hosts Alaves.

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