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Fernando Torres reacted badly after Diego Godin denied him goal v Sporting Gijon

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Fernando Torres netted his first two league goals of the 2016-17 campaign against Sporting Gijon on Saturday.

The Spanish striker was subbed on for Antoine Griezmann in the 69th minute, with Atletico Madrid already 3-0 up, and scored a close-range finish before converting a 91st-minute penalty.

However, Torres could have scored a 20-minute hat-trick had Diego Godin picked him out at the back post.

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Instead of playing the pass to Torres, Godin instead opted for a cut-back inside the penalty area, but the ball was cleared by the Sporting defence.

The 32-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea striker was livid.

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Watch: Torres gets annoyed with Godin

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He held his hands up as if to say ‘why didn’t you pass to me?’ before taking his frustration out on the post.

Torres was then filmed glaring at Godin, who was making his way back to defence, before having a few words with the centre-back moments later.

The frustrated Spaniard was then seen muttering something under his breath.

Godin and Torres later shared a joke

However, Godin had a joke with Torres after the team’s No. 9 converted from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

While that will have come as some consolation to Torres, he knew how close he was to scoring a hat-trick.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Sporting de Gijon - La Liga

So, even when the full-time whistle went, Torres still looked a little unhappy.

Torres ready for Barcelona

But that reaction will no doubt please Diego Simeone, who knows that Torres was keen to make an impression ahead of Wednesday’s match against Barcelona.

Torres has scored 11 goals against Barcelona during his career but may need to settle for a place on the subs’ bench at the Camp Nou this week.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Sporting de Gijon - La Liga

“Now is a good time for us to play Barcelona,” the World Cup winner said, per AS, after Saturday’s victory over Sporting. “They are the toughest rivals we have had in the last few years and there is never an ideal time to visit Camp Nou, but now's as good as any as we are full of confidence.”

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