Torres reaches century as Atletico return to form

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2016 9:10

Fernando Torres: Scored 100th Atletico Madrid goal in win over Eibar

Fernando Torres: Scored 100th Atletico Madrid goal in win over Eibar

Fernando Torres brought up a century of goals for his boyhood club as Atletico Madrid beat Eibar 3-1 to revive their faltering La Liga title challenge.

Former Atletico academy player Keko gave the visitors a surprise lead at the start of the second half following an error by Saul Niguez, but Jose Maria Gimenez quickly replied for the hosts by heading home from a Koke corner.

Saul compensated for his earlier mistake by nodding in another Koke corner, and then Torres sent the Vicente Calderon into ecstasy by hitting his milestone goal in stoppage time.

It was a return to winning ways for Atleti, whose season had begun to unravel in the last two weeks, drawing at home to Sevilla, exiting the Copa del Rey at the hands of Celta Vigo and then falling three points behind Barcelona in La Liga by losing 2-1 to the Catalans with nine men.

Villarreal eked out a point from a dismal goalless draw at Athletic Bilbao to maintain their challenge for a top-four finish.

In a tetchy stop-start encounter referee Mario Melero brandished 12 yellow cards and two red as both sides saw out the game with 10 men following the late dismissals of Athletic striker Inaki Williams and Villarreal substitute Daniele Bonera.

The point keeps Villarreal in fourth place, while Athletic remain sixth and stay on course for Europa League football next season.

Rayo Vallecano climbed out of the relegation zone after beating fellow strugglers Las Palmas 2-0.

Miku bundled the ball in after just four minutes to give Rayo the lead, while former Manchester United winger Bebe finished off a classy move in the second half to seal the points.

Paco Jemez’s side move up to 14th place after beginning the day in 18th and stretch their unbeaten run to four matches, while Las Palmas drop into the bottom three.

In Saturday night’s late kick-off, Deportivo recorded their fourth consecutive draw as they recorded a 1-1 result away to relegation-battlers Sporting Gijonto remain without a La Liga win since before Christmas.

The home side had won their previous two games to move away from the drop zone and took the lead just after the half-hour mark through a deflected 20-yard strike from midfielder Jony.

Victor Sanchez’s side, though, were level before half-time when Luis Alberto fired in from close range.

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