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Played
September 25, 2013 4:00 PM EDT
Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero — Elche
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 28754‎
 
90+1′ R. Boakye
 
Cristiano Ronaldo 90+6′ (PG)
Top of the Match
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
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Arbeloa
Arbeloa
Real Madrid
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid

Elche 1-2 Real Madrid: Last-gasp Ronaldo penalty rescues Blancos

The Portuguese forward scored in the final minute of the match to save the visitors from dropped points against the newly promoted side.

Cristiano Ronaldo's stoppage-time penalty saved Real Madrid from a shock draw to newly promoted Elche in a dramatic and controversial end Wednesday.

After a goalless first half at the Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero, it did not take Madrid long to find the lead as Elche became the 27th different La Liga side that Ronaldo has scored against.

Elche thought it had rescued a point in stoppage time when Richmond Boakye equalized, but Ronaldo buried an even later penalty to give Real a fortuitous win.

The hosts went into the match as La Liga’s only winless team this season and coach Fran Escriba made three changes to the side that lost to Osasuna last time out. Miroslav Stevanovic, Fidel Chaves and Richmond Boakye sat out, with Manu Del Moral, Carles Gil and Javi Marquez taking their places.

Real Madrid hammered Getafe 4-1 over the weekend and its team Wednesday included three alterations. Nacho, Daniel Carvajal and Asier Illarramendi were replaced by Fabio Coentrao, Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric.

The hosts went into the match as underdogs but began the encounter impressively and only failed to take an early lead thanks to an excellent save from Diego Lopez as he tipped Lomban’s header wide. Valencia loanee Gil looked lively and produced a lovely chip to the back post for Marquez, but again Lopez rescued the Real defense with a smart save.

Ancelotti’s side grew into the contest after the 20th minute and Ramos should have opened the scoring, but the unmarked defender could only head Ronaldo’s free kick at Manu Herrera.

Although Elche continued to look promising going forward, Madrid should have ended the first half in the lead. But Herrera made another important stop, this time parrying Angel Di Maria’s low effort from the left.

Madrid wasted its chances in the first half, but seven minutes into the second period Ronaldo broke the deadlock as his powerful free kick took a deflection off the wall and squeezed past Herrera.

The hosts were enraged soon later when the referee failed to give them a penalty for Sami Khedira’s tackle on Damian Suarez, but the Uruguayan was correctly given a yellow card for diving.

The final 15 minutes saw Elche press for an equalizer, and after Ramos missed another headed chance, substitute Boakye flicked a cross past Lopez at the front post as a draw looked certain.

However, the referee made a controversial call to penalize Carlos Sanchez for a tug on Pepe in the penalty area, and Ronaldo fired home from 12 yards to secure the three points in dramatic fashion.


Elche

1
Manu Herrera
Goalkeeper
94′
3.00
2
Damián Suárez
Defender
58′
3.00
3
Botía
Defender
34′
3.00
4
Lombán
Defender
3.00
21
Albácar
Defender
95′
3.50
6
Rubén Pérez
Midfielder
95′
3.50
17
Javi Márquez
Midfielder
62′
3.00
24
C. Sánchez
Midfielder
95′ 98′
3.50
14
3.00
15
Carles Gil
Striker
3.50
11
Coro
Striker
60′ 81′
3.00

Real Madrid

3.50
25
3.50
3
Pepe
Defender
3.00
4
3.00
5
2.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
81′
3.00
22
2.50
23
Isco
Midfielder
70′
4.00
7
2.50
9

Substitutes

13
Toño
Goalkeeper
 - 
23
 - 
5
Rivera
Midfielder
 - 
8
Mantecón
Midfielder
 - 
16
Fidel
Midfielder
59′ 87′ 91′
3.00
-
 - 
7
Aarón
Striker
81′
 - 
9
R. Boakye
Striker
62′ 91′
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
15
 - 
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
2.50
24
 - 
20
 - 
21
Morata
Striker
89′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0