Real Madrid gifted controversial last-minute penalty against Elche

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A clear wrestle in the area, a white shirt goes down, the referee awards a penalty to Real Madrid in the dying moments against Elche. All seems straight forward, right?

But when a player in blue, Cristiano Ronaldo, steps up to take the pen, things start to get a little confusing.

Last night Madrid were struggling against promoted side Elche and were drawing 1-1 in the dying minutes of extra-time following Richmond Boayake 91st minute goal that cancelled out Ronaldo's free-kick earlier on.

In real danger of falling even further behind rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at this early stage in La Liga, Madrid launched up the pitch in search of an equaliser.

Into the box went the ball and that's when something inexplicable happened. Real Madrid defender Pepe actually fouled his marker Carlos Sanchez, only for referee Cesar Muniz to inexplicably blow for a penalty for Los Blancos in the 96th minute.

Watching the game on TV was Barcelona defender Gerard Pique who promptly tweeted: "Watching a great comedy on Canal + Liga..". The message was retweeted almost 50,000 times.

Even Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti seemed a little bit embarrassed by the decision after the game.

'We really cannot talk about justice,' he told Spanish television. 'We are just pleased with the three points.'

To round off a frustrating night for Elche, Sanzhez was booked for for his protestations, and the home side should have had a penalty of their own earlier on.

It is no surprise that Muniz required an escort from the stadium afterwards. If nothing else, he has done little to counter claims that the big boys always get the rub of the green.

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