Fernando Torres scores against Atletico Madrid, refuses to celebrate

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle
(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Despite starting six defenders to fuel widespread pre-match assumptions that Chelsea would once again "park the bus" against Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal, the first 45 minutes proved to be a tremendously entertaining and nail-biting affair. Chelsea's Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a favorable deflection to once again give Chelsea a big goal in the second leg of a Champions League semifinal (he scored a memorable late goal against Barcelona in 2012, as well). But Torres refused to celebrate, instead reacting as if he had just set off a theft alarm in a shopping mall.

Torres held his hands up as his far more jubilant teammates swarmed him — his emotions conflicted. He was obviously happy to score such an important goal in yet another season where he's had trouble doing that, but the fact that it came against the club that started his career created a bittersweet mix of emotions. Torres joined Atletico in 1995 at the age of 11 and became the club's youngest ever captain at 19. He eventually left for Liverpool in 2007 and then joined Chelsea in 2011, but he still enjoys the love and support of Atletico fans.

Though many of us would probably still be dancing naked in the penalty area after scoring such a goal, Torres just didn't feel like doing that. Atletico went on to score a goal of their own in the 44th minute, giving them the advantage with the away goal and preventing Fernando from feeling as if he just ran over his cat on his way to cash in a winning lottery ticket any longer.

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