Fernando Torres helped spare Chelsea from an early Premier League setback, scoring the decisive goal as the European champions came from behind to beat newcomer Reading 4-2.
The unmarked Torres tapped the ball into the net from Ashley Cole’s cross from what appeared to be an offside position in the 81st minute to make it 3-2. “It was clearly offside which was really disappointing,” said Reading manager Brian McDermott. But there was no disputing the fourth in the fifth minute of stoppage time. As Reading piled forward in search of an equalizer, Eden Hazard broke free on a counterattack and set up Branislav Ivanovic to score.