Even when Fernando Torres finally makes a contribution of note for Chelsea, his positive influence is offset something negative. Or, in the case of the encounter with Steaua Bucharest, there were two low points for the Spanish striker.

Torres scored the decisive goal at Stamford Bridge to send Chelsea into the quarter-final of the Europa League, sweeping a tidy finish from an Eden Hazard pass, but endured rather worse fortunes after his rare strike.

The 28-year-old had little time to bask in the glory of bulging the net for Chelsea before he was left bloodied after a collision with opposition defender Lukasz Szukala, having attempted to win a penalty.

An incensed Torres approached referee Stephane Lannoy in the hope of some sanction, but the official merely informed the blood splattered Spaniard to clean himself up and get on with it.

Chelsea did later earn a spot-kick after Hazard was felled in the area, and Torres was handed a further opportunity to take another step on the path to redemption.

But, of course, Torres forward fluffed his lines, reverting to type as the toothless - almost literally - Chelsea flop has come to be.

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