Real Madrid beat Elche 2-1 thanks to a 96th-minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday. The penalty was given from a tussle between Madrid defender Pepe and Elche's Carlos Sanchez. At first glance, it seemed an extremely harsh judgement.
Before the penalty was given, Elche believed Madrid defender Sergio Ramos should have been sent off for a rough challenge.
After the win, Spanish national police tweeted that they had received a large number of reports of 'robbery' relating to Madrid's late and controversial victory. The tweet read:
"We have received more than 120 mentions about football in the last 10 minutes… Remember, we try to help you about SAFETY…:-)"
Spanish football fans were not the only ones that were in disbelief of the refereeing decisions in the match. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique took to Twitter, comparing the match to a 'comedy film'.
Elche were in line for a deserved point before the last-minute penalty. They spent 24 years in below the Spanish top flight before this season, and earning a point against the likes of Madrid would have been a massive boost to the club.
Ronaldo scored a free-kick at the start of the second half before Elche's Richmond Boakye headed in an equaliser in the 91st minute.
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