It was more than a bit reminiscent of his goal against Barcelona the previous season.
Oscar Cardozo scored from the penalty spot nine minutes later after a Cesar Azpilicueta handball, but Branislav Ivanovic sealed the victory for Chelsea with a last-minute header to complete a remarkable double of European successes.
Still, Chelsea weren’t about to just give up on their investment. Torres did improve slightly in his second campaign, but barely.
The 2011-12 season, of course, was a special one for Chelsea, perhaps the most unforgettable in the club’s history – and Torres was a huge part of it.
When he ended his goal drought and finally scored his first goal for the club, it came against a minor rival, West Ham, with little significance attached to it other than what many hoped would be the return of El Niño.