Fernando Torres made a long-awaited second debut for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening and, while the former Chelsea striker was unable to get on the scoresheet, it was a night to remember as his side triumphed over Real Madrid.
Torres had already returned to the Vicente Calderon this week for his official unveiling, where he was greeted by 45,000 supporters, and his competitive bow could hardly have been a more mouth-watering one.
The 30-year-old was included from the start by Diego Simeone for this Madrid derby in the Copa del Rey, against the holders no less, and was removed from action to rapturous applause just before the hour mark.
Atletico were already in the lead by this point, with Raul Garcia finding the net after a dubious penalty had been awarded against Sergio Ramos, while Jose Gimenez completed the scoring with 14 minutes remaining.
Victory for the Spanish champions condemned Madrid to a second successive defeat - a third, in fact, if we consider friendlies - following a record 22 match winning streak, and it will have arrived as another wake-up call for Carlo Ancelotti.
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Atletico now take a two-goal advantage into the second-leg of this Spanish cup quarter-final, with the decisive encounter taking place at the Santiago Bernabeu on January 15th.
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