While the footballing world’s attention was rightfully focused on Fabrice Muamba fighting for his life, Fernando Torres came alive and kicking. He scored two goals in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Leicester City.
The first one was a rather weak effort but Torres was fortunate Kasper Schmeichel was late to react but the second, ah, the second she was a beauty. Delicate turn of the head to flick the ball past Schmeichel, who was ghosting in goal. After scoring his first, a grateful Torres acknowledged the patience and the goodwill of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
His goal ended a 1541 minute drought. His last strike had come in a Champions League group match against Genk on October 19th last year. Afterwards, the Chelsea striker had this to say:
” I needed those goals. I’ve been working so hard to get them.”
Chelsea also got goals from Gary Cahill who sported a Pray Muamba jersey, Salomon Kalou, and Raul Meireles.
For Leicester, Jermaine Beckford and Ben Marshall provided the highlights, in a losing effort. The goal scored by Marshall was a stunning 25 yard open field strike that whizzed past a helpless Cech.