Former Liverpool idol Fernando Torres netted a late equaliser for Atletico Madrid at Levante

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Atletico Madrid secured Champions League football for next season with a point at Levante.

Former Liverpool idol Fernando Torres netted a late equaliser for Atletico Madrid in their 2-2 draw at Levante, thus securing his side Champions League football for next season.

The Spanish international striker spent three and a half years with the Reds, scoring 65 goals in 102 Premier League matches before trading Anfield for Chelsea in a much scrutinised deal.

In spite of his rather traitorous move to Stamford Bridge, Torres has still been kept in high regard by a number of supporters on Merseyside for his achievements with the Reds.

His ensuing career, however, took a dive as he struggled with injuries and form in West London and a loan move to AC Milan at the beginning of the current campaign failed to get going.

Back at his former stomping ground the Vicente Calderon, Torres has regained belief under Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and despite not scoring much, his contributions have been telling.

On Sunday, Torres replaced Mario Mandzukic on the hour mark and managed to force home a late header from a Koke corner to rescue a point for Los Colchoneros in an entertaining encounter with Levante.

The 31-year-old’s finish coupled with Sevilla’s draw at Celta Vigo has guaranteed his side a top four spot and a place in next season’s edition of the Champions League.

It was only Torres’s third La Liga goal since his return to Atletico, but without doubt it was his most important strike of the campaign.

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