Fernando Torres misses header from three yards against Bayern Munich

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It's true Fernando Torres isn't quite the same spring chicken he used to be.

The 32-year-old might not have the same burst of pace that previously scared the life out of most defenders around the world, but he is still a key member of Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side.

Torres can still be relied upon to chip in with a few important goals but he produced one awful miss from three yards out on Wednesday night.

The Spaniard was selected to lead the Atletico line alongside Antoine Griezmann from the start against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage clash.

And it was a close affair in a rematch of last season's semi-final, so when one of the best opportunities from the first half fell to Torres, you would bet your bottom dollar on the experienced forward to find the back of the net.

A corner from the left was delivered and a neat flick on found an unmarked Torres at the back post.

From just three yards out, it looked like the ex-Chelsea forward only needed to make some sort of contact with the ball to give Atletico the lead.

Instead, Torres misdirected his header and watched his effort smack back off the post before Bayern were able to clear, as you can see in the video below.

Luckily for the 32-year-old, his blushes were somewhat spared when Yannick Carrasco produced a fine finish to make the breakthrough just before half-time.

After losing to Real Madrid for the second final in three years last May, Simeone's side look more determined than ever to go one step further this season.

But against teams with the quality of Bayern, missing such gilt-edged chances in the latter stages could seriously dent their hopes.

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