Fernando Torres scored his first goals since returning to boyhood club Atletico Madrid when he netted twice against Real Madrid on Thursday evening.
It the first time he's found the net since late September when he was at AC Milan. This was also the first time that he has ever scored at the Bernabeu in what turned out to be an emotional night for the former Chelsea striker.
Torres scored in the first minute of both halves as Atletico drew 2-2 on the night to secure a 4-2 aggregate triumph over their rivals and book a quarter-final Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona.
Torres managed 45 goals in 172 appearances for Chelsea and just one goal in 10 for Milan, but it is hoped he may be able to rediscover his form of old on his return home.
Of the result, Torres said: "It's been a beautiful day. A day to enjoy."
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"I'm happy for the people who came, to score my first two goals in this homecoming and in a stadium in which I hadn't scored yet."
In his first spell at Atletico, Torres scored 91 goals in 244 appearances. But despite further success at Liverpool, his fall from grace has been dramatic. However, the goals he scored yesterday proved he hasn't lost the predatory instinct he has displayed in the past.
Both goals were taken very well by the Spaniard. The first came at the end of a fantastic, free flowing move from Atletico: Antoine Griezmann broke down the right and Torres pealed off his marker. Griezmann was able to find Torres with a low cross and he swept the ball into the top corner with a fine first time shot.
His second came when Griezmann intercepted the ball on the halfway line and burst forward towards the box. He slotted the ball through to Torres and he squeezed the ball through Kaylor Navas' legs after leaving Pepe on the turf.
The question we have to ask now is, if Torres is back, is he back for good? There were times during his spell at Stamford Bridge where we thought maybe, just maybe. For example when he scored against Barcelona in the Nou Camp or when he scored the winning goal against Manchester City. On those occasions he never kicked on.
But this is different. For one he's at a place where he knows he is loved no matter what. It's quite special when nearly 50,000 people turn up to welcome you upon your arrival and, if that can't galvanise you, what will?
He is now living at home, back in Spain and back the club which he joined when he was aged 11. There is no doubt he'll be comfortable there and it's already showing in his performances.
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