The Liverpool forward was dumped to the bench by coach Vicente del Bosque after failing to score a single goal in South Africa. Pedro repaid his manager's faith by producing an excellent performance as the UEFA Euro 2008 winners booked a first final appearance thanks to Carles Puyol's powerful second-half header.
The 22-year-old is now expected to keep his place for Sunday's clash with Holland at Soccer City, and this time it won't come as a shock. "I was a little surprised to start," said Pedro. "But thankfully I become involved in the match. I am very happy with the way we played and our progression to the final."
Torres surprise demotion will not have done much for his mood at a time when his Liverpool future is the subject of such hot debate. Strangely enough, he could have got that long-awaited goal last night if Pedro had not been quite so selfish.