Simeone hails 'icon' Torres after landmark goal

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has heaped praise on striker Fernando Torres after the 34-year-old claimed his 100th La Liga goal for the club.

Atletico eventually broke the deadlock on 33 minutes as some fine work by Vitolo saw the winger tee up Angel Correa, who calmly slotted home.

Atletico Madrid's Spanish forward Fernando Torres (L) shoots to score a goal during the football match against Levante UD at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid on April 15, 2018.

The goal rounded out a week in which Torres announced he would leave his boyhood club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Torres' grievance this term has been a lack of playing time and he was a substitute again, replacing Antoine Griezmann, who was also on target.

"Fernando is an icon here", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

It would seem that most Arsenal fans think that the Gunners have absolutely no chance when we come up against Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Europa League, but perhaps our pessimism could be misplaced?

Arsenal, on the other hand, have never won a European trophy under Wenger, although the north London side lost to Turkish side Galatasaray in the Uefa Cup final in 2000 before a 2-1 defeat by FC Barcelona in the Champions League final in Paris in 2006.

This was something of a free hit for Levante, who stay 17th, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Frustrated at the end of the first half, Griezmann was all smiles early in the second when he thumped home Vrsaljko's cut-back ball from the right, the Croatian full-back cushioning the ball perfectly into the path of his team-mate's advancing run.

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