Ex-EPL star wins 90th minute penalty after dirty dive

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Robbie Keane has always had a bit of a reputation for taking a tumble, but that's more to do with his trademark forward roll and machine gun celebration than any form of foul play.

The Republic of Ireland international displayed the darker side of his game on Thursday night, though, after winning a controversial penalty - following an obvious dive - in the 90th minute of LA Galaxy's MLS clash against Columbus Crew.

With the score tentatively poised at 1-1, Keane's dishonest act proved to be the game's deciding factor, after he stepped up to score his second spot-kick of the match in the second minute of stoppage-time, to give Galaxy a crucial 2-1 victory.

With the game goalless for 77 minutes on American Independence Day, it exploded into life in the final stages, after Columbus midfielder Bernardo Anor broke the deadlock with a looping header over Carlo Cudicini.

Eight minutes later Jose Villarreal was legitimately fouled inside the penalty area, and up stepped Keane to draw the Galaxy level, before the 32-year-old's act of deceit right at the death handed Bruce Arena's side all three points, following another unstoppable spot-kick past Andy Gruenebaum.

Watch Robbie Keane's dirty dive in the 90th minute for LA Galaxy in the video below - with thanks to - and feel free to share other examples of soft penalty awards in the comment box provided!

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