Football: Torres double dumps Real Madrid out of Cup

Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres (left) scores during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Jan 15, 2015. -- PHOTO:
Atletico Madrid's forward Fernando Torres (left) scores during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) round of 16 second leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Jan 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Fernando Torres scored his first Atletico Madrid goals in eight years as the La Liga champions dumped holders Real Madrid out of the Copa del Rey 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday.

Already leading 2-0 from last week's first-leg, Torres stunned the hosts inside the first minute when turning home Antoine Griezmann's pass to hand Atletico a vital away goal.

Sergio Ramos pulled a goal back for Real, but Griezmann and Torres repeated the trick seconds into the second-half to restore Atletico's lead.

Fresh from winning the third Ballon d'Or of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo ensured the home side at least salvaged a draw on the night, but they have now failed to beat Atletico in five meetings this season.

Atletico will face Barcelona in the last eight, who travel to Elche later on Thursday holding a 5-0 first-leg.

Ronaldo paraded the Ballon d'Or in front of an adoring full house at the Bernabeu prior to kick-off.

However, it took just 46 seconds for Atletico to silence the home fans as Griezmann broke down the left and squared for Torres to turn home his first Atletico goal since May 2007.

Real then laid seige to Atletico goal in search of the four goals they needed to progress to the last eight.

Gareth Bale saw a flicked header easily held by Jan Oblak, whilst the Slovenian was on hand to somehow prevent Ronaldo turning home Karim Benzema's knock-down moments later.

However, Atletico's second choice keeper was at fault when the hosts levelled after 20 minutes as he got nowhere near Toni Kroos' free-kick and Ramos gratefully headed into an empty net.

Mario Suarez made a desperate clearance from just in front of his own goal line to prevent Ronaldo giving Madrid the lead and Oblak made a smart low save from Marcelo as the visitors held on till half-time.

And incredibly Atletico struck again within a minute of the restart after half-time in similar fashion as Ramos gifted the ball to Griezmann, who fed Torres and he cut inside Pepe to slot home his second goal of the night.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker could even have had a hat-trick moments later as he wriggled past Ramos inside the area, but Griezmann took the loose ball from his teammate and smashed a shot just wide.

Ronaldo restored parity on the night for Carlo Ancelotti's men when he stooped to head in Bale's cross from the left nine minutes after the break.

Torres, making his debut for Atletico on loan after returning to his boyhood club for whom he scored 82 goals between 2001 and 2007 this month, was then removed by Diego Simeone with Arda Turan joining Griezmann in attack.

That change blunted Atletico's attacking options, but did allow the visitors to enjoy more possession as they comfortably saw out the last half an hour.

Benzema had one final chance to set up a grandstand finish, but he blasted over on the volley from close range to ensure Madrid's winless streak against Diego Simeone's men continues.