Spanish Copa del Rey - 1st Leg
Atl Madrid2Real Madrid0

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Madrid

Fernando Torres
Torres was playing his first match for Atletico Madrid in seven years
  • Torres starts first match since rejoining Atletico
  • Ex-Liverpool and Chelsea man replaced on 59 minutes
  • Garcia and Gimenez goals give Atletico 2-0 first-leg lead
  • Second leg takes place on Thursday, 15 January

Fernando Torres made a winning return to Atletico Madrid as his side beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Copa del Rey.

A crowd of 46,800 watched as the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker returned to the club where he began his career.

A penalty from Atletico's Raul Garcia, after he had been fouled, and Jose Maria Gimenez's header sealed the win.

But Torres was quiet and was replaced after 59 minutes as the Spanish champions beat the European champions.

The 30-year-old, who signed on loan from Italian side AC Milan last week, was Atletico's top scorer for five consecutive seasons before he joined Liverpool in 2007.

More than 45,000 fans had attended the Vicente Calderon on Sunday when Torres was paraded, with 2,000 shirts adorned with his name selling within 24 hours.

Show us your medals
During his career, Fernando Torres has won the World Cup once and European Championship twice with Spain and the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup with Chelsea.

But his second debut did not match the hype as he often found himself chasing balls close to the touchline or in an offside position.

Indeed, Atletico's opening goal - from Garcia's well-taken penalty after he had been fouled by Sergio Ramos - was their first shot on target and came just one minute before Torres was replaced by Koke.

In a game of few chances, Real's Sergio Ramos had a header saved in the opening minute and Gareth Bale, who scored the winner for Real in their 2-1 win against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa Del Rey final, had a headed effort disallowed for offside.

Atletico, who last won the competition in 2013, doubled their lead in the 76th minute as Gimenez headed in a corner.

They now play Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday, before the second leg at Real's Bernabeu on 15 January.

The winners of the tie will face either Barcelona or Elche in the quarter-finals.

Fernando Torres
Torres scored 84 goals in 214 league games in his first spell at Atletico
Fernando Torres
Torres left Atletico to join Liverpool for £26.5m in July 2007, before moving to Chelsea for £50m in 2011
Fernando Torres
Raul Garcia's penalty put Atletico ahead a minute before Torres was substituted
Jose Maria Jimenez
Jose Maria Jimenez's header made it 2-0 to Atletico against the Copa del Rey holders
Martin Odegaard
Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, who has been linked with a move to Real, was in the crowd

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Oblak
  • 18GámezBooked at 61mins
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
  • 2GodínBooked at 87mins
  • 28Hernández
  • 8Raúl GarcíaBooked at 74mins
  • 14GabiBooked at 73mins
  • 4Suárez
  • 17ÑíguezSubstituted forTuranat 68'minutes
  • 19TorresSubstituted forKokeat 59'minutes
  • 7GriezmannBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMandzukicat 75'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 5Tiago
  • 6Koke
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 10Turan
  • 11Jiménez
  • 20Juanfran

Real Madrid

  • 13Navas
  • 17ArbeloaSubstituted forCarvajalat 83'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 57mins
  • 12MarceloBooked at 27mins
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forRonaldoat 63'minutes
  • 6KhediraBooked at 31mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 23Isco
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forJeséat 75'minutes
  • 11Bale

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 5Fábio Coentrão
  • 7Ronaldo
  • 15Carvajal
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
Carlos Clos Gómez
Attendance:
46,800

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home23
Away12

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 7th January 2015

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