On Soccer: Flashes of Cards and of Brilliance as Suárez’s Barcelona Edges Torres’s Atlético

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Atlético Madrid’s Fernando Torres, left, was shown a red card on Tuesday while playing against Barcelona.

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Once upon a time, there was a mercurial forward who played for Liverpool.

The forward, Fernando Torres, a Spanish scorer, arrived at that Merseyside club in 2007. He proceeded to score plenty of goals, help Liverpool get agonizingly close to glory and, also, prove to be maddeningly inconsistent from game to game. He left the club in 2011, and not long after, he found himself playing in Spain.

Once upon (another) time, there was another mercurial forward who played for Liverpool.

The forward, Luis Suárez, a Uruguayan scorer, arrived at the Merseyside club in 2011. He proceeded to score plenty of goals, help Liverpool get agonizingly close — really, really close — to glory and, also, prove to be maddeningly unpredictable in how he behaved on the field. He left the club in 2014, and not long after, he found himself playing in Spain.

On Tuesday, in a remarkable display of soccer as mini-biography, Torres and Suárez…

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