- Farewell. The affectionate conversation of Fernando Torres with his son in his goodbye to football: "And then, holidays"
The Ekimae Fudosan Stadium in Tosu was up to the flag to witness the farewell of one of the best strikers in the history of Spanish football, Fernando Torres . Already in the tunnel you could see Fuenlabrada's slightly excited, chatting with his children and melting into a hug with his great friend Andrés Iniesta. Even Torres' current teammates joined the tribute wearing a shirt that reminded him of his beloved Atlético, with his name and the 9 that accompanied him throughout his career behind his back.
The last game as a professional Fernando Torres in the Japanese league, despite how important it was for both Sagan Tosu and Vissel Kobe (fighting for permanence right now in the absence of 10 days) had a nostalgic aroma for the Spanish fans. Mainly because on the pitch in addition to the Madrid striker and Andrés Iniesta, captains of both teams, there were many old acquaintances: Isaac Cuenca by the local team, and Sergi Samper, Thomas Vermaelen and David Villa, who were waiting for their opportunity on the bench . by visitors.
The level of the competition, well below that of the European leagues, allowed us to see these players feel important again. Samper seemed finally the pivot that could never be the first team of Barcelona and Cuenca, the most active of Tosu constantly asking for the ball on the sides as in the 2011/2012 season, in which Guardiola, Blaugrana coach at the time, trusted in him in parties of enjundia. Even Vermaelen remembered that central slightly that he became one of the great sensations of the Premier League after his great first season in Arsenal.
But if there was someone who made the spectators travel on time, it was Andrés Iniesta. The manchego dominated the game from the center of the field to such an extent that he was sentenced before leaving injured in the 40th minute. All the plays of Vissel Kobe passed by his feet and seemed to have that freshness that he did not have in his last seasons in Barcelona In addition to the penalty he scored to put 2-0, he allowed himself the luxury of taking a long pass from his field without letting the ball bounce to launch the counterattack that was the third goal of his team.
After the replacement of Iniesta, Sagan Tosu played something more comfortable and Torres had several opportunities to close his career with a goal. But he did not have his best day in the face of the door and while the visiting team continued to apply a hard corrective to his rival for the remainder until he reached half a dozen goals. Despite this, El Niño followed the entire match true to his style, fighting for each ball as he always did.
In the end his team could only score a goal to shyly put on the result and finally leave a 1-6 on the scoreboard. Fernando Torres completed the 90 minutes and finished his last game as a professional hugging David Villa, his teammate in the front of the Spanish team. Meanwhile, the stands of Tosu Stadium, as if the already collapsed Vicente Calderón was, chanted his name, again demonstrating that he is a player who leaves his mark wherever he passes.
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