Simeone hails 'icon' Torres after landmark goal

Simeone hails 'icon' Torres after landmark goal

Fernando Torres started bidding farewell to Atletico Madrid on Sunday by scoring in a 3-0 win over Levante that strengthened his team's hold on second place in the Spanish league.

"For me every game from now until the end is going to be like a party", Torres told reporters.

The goal rounded out a week in which Torres announced he would leave his boyhood club at the end of the season when his contract expires. "Whether he is scoring goals or not, winning titles or not, he has a place in the club that has been earned by respect, hard work and having an identity with the club".

Atletico eventually broke the deadlock on 33 minutes as some fine work by Vitolo saw the winger tee up Angel Correa, who calmly slotted home.

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

Atletico Madrid remained 11 points behind undefeated Barcelona with six rounds remaining, meaning its best chances of finishing the season with silverware rest in the Europa League.

Simeone's side now face Real Sociedad on Thursday and Real Betis on Sunday before the first leg at Emirates Stadium but they arrived here with only two wins from their last five matches.

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. - Only Cristiano Ronaldo (19) has scored more goals than Antoine Griezmann (14) in the second half of LaLiga this season.

Simeone's confidence was clear but Torres had the final say, the veteran sweeping home an instinctive volley from Correa's cross to wrap up a routine win.

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