Two goals for Torres, but question marks remain
Published on Dec 6, 2012 8:01 AM
LONDON (REUTERS) - Fernando Torres got back to scoring ways on Wednesday with two goals in Chelsea's 6-1 win over Nordsjaelland but manager Rafa Benitez still had to defend the striker after he declined to take either of two first-half penalties at Stamford Bridge.
Torres had netted just once in two confidence-sapping months before the final Group E clash but the Spaniard appeared in no hurry to end that barren spell.
Eden Hazard missed Chelsea's first spot kick and when another one was awarded a few minutes later it was defender David Luiz who stepped up to fire it past Jesper Hansen.
Torres did get on the scoresheet on the stroke of halftime, benefitting from a slice of luck when Hansen's block came back to his feet, and he warmed to the task after the break when he tapped in his second goal after a great link-up with Hazard.
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