Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Torres Inspires Chelsea to Europa Win
Daily Telegraph, April 5th, 2013 12:29PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, europa league, russia

MOST COMMENTED

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres doubled his goal tally for 2013 with a pair as the Blues defeated Rubin Kazan, 3-1, at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal series between the teams. The goals came as a relief to the $76 million striker as well as to interim coach Rafael Benitez.

"We could see today the confidence, that [Torres] can work hard, so physically he is fine,” Benitez said. "I think he will play well and score goals until the end of the season." With Demba Ba cup-tied due to having played for Newcastle earlier in the competition, Torres is Chelsea’s only striking option for the rest of its Europa League matches.

On Thursday, the Spaniard opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a tap-in following a long ball from David Luiz. Nigeria international Victor Moses then made it 2-0 with a fantastic strike on 32 minutes, before Natcho pulled one back from the spot four minutes before the break after John Terry’s arm stopped a goal-bound shot in the area. Torres then restored the Blues’ two-goal lead with a fine header from a Juan Mata cross in the 70th minute.

Even though his team managed to grab an away goal, Rubin coach Kurban Berdyev cut a downcast figure following the loss. “I guess we just got really scared of them at some point at the beginning, especially in the first 10 to 15 minutes,” he said. “We were getting better and in the second half we were much better, then I guess the third goal just ruined everything."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Johnson Steps Down as Fox's Lead Soccer Broadcaster     
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gus Johnson reveals that he will no longer be Fox's ...
Barca Names Training Field After Vilanova     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that a field at the club's training ground would be named after ...
Bayern Injury Crisis Ahead of City Visit     
Bayern Munich is struggling with injury concerns ahead of its UEFA Champions League home opener against ...
Mourinho: Third UCL Title Not an Obsession    
Jose Mourinho insists that winning the UEFA Champions League again is not an obsession. The Portuguese, ...
Fulham Failing in the Second Division    
Just six games into the English League Championship season, and Fulham, the former club of USA ...
Cavs weather storm to down VCU    
No. 5 Virginia won its fourth straight game against VCU, but thanks to Penn transfer Sam ...
Ferdinand: Moyes' Tactics 'Embarrassing'    
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand launched a scathing attack on former coach David Moyes in ...
Critic Apologizes to Saints Fans     
Southampton, many critics' pick to be relegated this season after selling so many players during the ...
Inter Crushes Sassuolo, 7-0, Again    
Inter Milan made up for its disappointing 0-0 draw away to Torino on the opening day ...
Simeone Hails Atleti 'Strength'    
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed his team's "strength" as the defending La Liga champ beat ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives