Madrid—three swift thoughts from the last Tuesday’s Champions League stage in the 16 second leg at the Vicente Clderon, just as the home team progressed Bayer Leverkusen to the next fixtures in the Champions league by gaining a win by3-2 on penalties, after it had sufficed 1-0 to the hosts at that night and created an aggregate of 1-1. What is worth appreciating was that Fernando Torres had been playing very well during the battle.
Fernando Torres had spoken in the morning prior to the game against Bayern Leverkusen about the dream of eventually playing in the Champions league at Vicente Calderon, Atletico Madrid’s home, for his boyhood team. The player, who turned into 30 years old, was absolutely the hero that night. He scored the winning penalty as the home team advanced to the quarters by the skin of the team’s teeth. Long before the 120-minute game, it seemed that shootout could be needed to determine a game which was not the one for the purists. Both teams were entirely committed to a midfield battle and neither managed to create too many chances throughout. Not that the game was a very rare occasion. Diego Simeone had called up the non-silent moment during the game and then Vicente Calderon got really noisy with fans screaming to support the home team. Calderon grew ready to play their part with the home side roared onto the field prior to kick off start.
It was obvious that the game would be win during the battle for second balls and both sides indeed knew it. Within minutes after the kick off had been commenced a scrum of ball possession with approximately five players from both sides intercepting and hacking away the ball, before the ball eventually came back to Atletico’s side. The home side fans were truly fascinated by the game that their players posed that night and then there were huge roars when Omer knocked the ball into touch with four minutes run. Atletico Madrid were not creating much chance during the play yet they were winning the battle for the ball as well as for the territory and were able to deliver bombardment of high-set balls piercing into Bayern Leverkusen area. Finally, one was not created properly and Mario Suarez’s kicked the ball. However, Toprak appeared so well that night. Time after Atletic launched attacks into the area, free kicks, and corner kicks. However, the opponent got the ball well defended.