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Sagan Tosu suffer 1-0 defeat on Torres’ debut

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Fernando Torres’ debut for Sagan Tosu ended in a 1-0 home defeat to Vegalta Sendai to demote the club into the relegation zone in the J-League

The former Spain international, who left his boyhood club Atletico Madrid this summer after scoring 129 goals in 404 appearances across two separate spells, came on as a second-half substitute for his official debut in Japan.

But, like his ex-Spain teammate and friend Andres Iniesta, the 34-year-old’s start to life in the J-League ended in defeat with an 87th-minute goal from Japanese forward Takuma Nishimura handing Vegalta Sendai the victory.

Torres had a dream start to life at Sagan Tosu denied when his header was saved with the club now sitting in 17th-place in the J-League standings.

“We carried the goal threat and led the game, but it wasn’t enough. Amazed with the atmosphere by our fans. Let’s keep on fighting together!” Torres wrote on Twitter afterwards.