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Fernando Torres is back as Atletico Madrid stun Real in Copa del Rey

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Madrid

Fernando Torres made his second debut for Atletico Madrid as the Spanish champions beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey capital city derby.

Returning to the club where he established his reputation before moving on to Liverpool, Chelsea and AC Milan, striker Torres had a largely quiet game and was substituted after an hour.

But Atletico were impressive and deserving winners against the cup holders, with the advantage at the midway point of the last-16 tie earned by second-half goals from Raul Garcia - a penalty after he was brought down by Sergio Ramos - and teenage defender Jose Maria Gimenez.

The adoring Vicente Calderon crowd willed Torres on to the form that once made him one of the world's most feared strikers.

Yet while his threat was often snuffed out, the match could have had plenty more goals.

Ramos almost scored after just a minute when his header from James Rodriguez's corner was pushed away by Atletico keeper Jan Oblak.

Welshman Gareth Bale netted a 13th-minute glancing header that was ruled out correctly for offside.

A big chance arrived for Bale in the 52nd minute but he volleyed Marcelo's cross wide with his right foot and with little conviction.

Atletico were awarded a penalty in the 56th minute after Ramos clawed at Garcia's shirt.

Garcia took the spot-kick responsibility and found the bottom-right corner.

Torres made way soon afterwards, replaced by Koke.

Real made a change they hoped would transform the game as Cristiano Ronaldo was summoned from the bench.

He lined up one free-kick but sent it 20 yards wide.

It was 2-0 in the 76th minute, a powerful header from 19-year-old Uruguayan Gimenez finding the top-left corner, Real left to pin hopes on the second leg at the Bernabeu next Thursday.

Elsewhere, David Moyes' Real Sociedad lost 1-0 in their first leg at Villarreal.

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