Football: Ronaldo penalty hands Real controversial win
MADRID (AFP) - A dubious injury time Cristiano Ronaldo penalty was enough to move Real Madrid back to within two points of league leaders Barcelona with a 2-1 win away to Elche on Wednesday night.
However, the hosts were left furious with referee Cesar Muniz Fernandez as after failing to show Sergio Ramos a second yellow card for a clear bodycheck on Coro in the first-half, he pointed to the spot in the fourth minute of added time when Pepe fell to the ground under pressure from Carlos Sanchez.
Ronaldo had put the visitors ahead from a free-kick early in the second-half, but Richmond Boakye thought he had rescued a point when he headed home in the 91st minute before the late drama.
With Gareth Bale ruled out with a thigh problem, Real boss Carlo Ancelotti made three changes to the side that started the 4-1 drubbing of Getafe on Sunday as Fabio Coentrao, Ramos and Luka Modric replaced Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Asier Illarramendi.