Torres Nets 100th LaLiga Goal After Announcing Atletico Departure

Antoine Griezmann scored Atletico Madrid’s second goal against Levante with this superb strike

Antoine Griezmann scored Atletico Madrid’s second goal against Levante with this superb strike

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone heaps praise on departing striker Fernando Torres, who netted his 100th La Liga goal in the 3-0 win over Levante.

Atletico felt aggrieved they were not afforded the opportunity to double their lead from the spot in the closing minutes of the opening half, referee Jesus Gil Manzano not only dismissing the strong appeal for a penalty but also carding Griezmann for what he considered to be a dive.

The 34-year-old Torres announced on Monday that his second stint with Atletico was nearing its end.

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At the time, he said: "Certainly I will go overseas ". I would have defended the referee. There are always kids listening.

Torres scored the third goal after 77 minutes with the veteran forward now on his farewell tour with the club.

Atletico remain four points clear of crosstown rivals Real Madrid in the race for second, while they trail league leaders Barcelona by 11 points.

The result also guarantees Atletico a place in the Champions League for a sixth consecutive season.

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Malaga, meanwhile, stay bottom and are all-but doomed, sitting 14 points behind 17th-placed Levante, who had earlier been beaten 3-0 by Atletico.

"Barcelona's season is tremendous", Simeone said.

Atletico will visit Arsenal in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on April 26. It promises to be a long farewell. But the visitors' resistance was broken in the 33rd minute when Vitolo weaved inside to the edge of the penalty area and slipped the ball left to Correa. While, Griezmann wasted a one-on-one situation with Oier Olazabal shortly before halftime but made up for it in the 47th when he used one touch of his right boot to blast in a waist-high pass from Sime Vrsaljko for his team-high 19th league goal of the season.

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The Gunners may have faltered in the Premier League this term, but they will still be confident of salvaging their season by winning the Europa League.

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