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Doctors at a hospital said that Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres was "conscious and oriented" after being knocked out during La Liga match in La Coruna against Deportivo. Torres on Thursday was carried off the pitch on a stretcher in the 84th minute of the match at the Riazor, which ended 1-1.

Fernando lost consciousness for several minutes after colliding with Deportivo's Alex BergantiƱos while going up for a header. Visibly stunned, players from both teams watched anxiously as Torres lay on the ground before being taken to a waiting ambulance.

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Spanish football club Atletico Madrid put one leg in the quarter-finals after easing past hosts Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last-16.

The visitors from Spain secured a crucial 4-2 away victory on Tuesday night as goals from Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann, Kevin Gameiro and Fernando Torres sealed the deal against a resilient Leverkusen.

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Atletico Madrid on Tuesday announced the renewal of the contract of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey for three more years, keeping him committed to the capital football club until the 2021-22 season.

According to the club's official website, Partey was excited about the renewal saying: "I'm very happy. I want to continue growing in Atleti."

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann hailed his team's fighting spirit after they scored twice in the last five minutes to beat Celta Vigo in a Spanish League tie.

Atletico were trailing 1-2 till the closing stages of Sunday night's game before Yannick Carrasco scored in the 86th minute and Griezmann knocked home the winner from close range two minutes later.

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There were three red cards and tension from start to finish as FC Barcelona clung to a 1-1 draw at home with Atletico Madrid to assure their fourth King's Cup final appearance in four years.

Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez were sent off for Barca while Yannick Carrasco got his marching orders for Atletico as Barca made good on their 2-1 win from the first leg against a rival who were the better side on Tuesday night.

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First half goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi gave FC Barcelona a 2-1 win away to Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their King's Cup semi-final at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Barcelona dominated the first half of the game here on Wednesday, but rode their luck in the second half as Atletico pressed for an equalising goal after Antoine Griezmann had headed them back into the tie with 30 minutes remaining.

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Ahead of the first leg of the Copa del Rey football semi-finals against Barcelona on Wednesday, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has decided to go with an attacking line by including Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann for the tie.

The lineup also includes Juanfran Torres as winger and Gabi Fernandez in midfield, reports Efe.

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