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Ronaldo Double Saves Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo bailed Real Madrid out in a controversial 2-1 win away to new boys Elche on Wednesday night.

The Portugal star opened the scoring in the 51st minute but Richmond Boakye looked to have snatched a point in the first minute of stoppage time.

The referee would go on to award a controversial penalty after the allocated three minutes of stoppage time though, and Ronaldo made no mistake to secure the spoils for the Spanish giants.

Elche coach Francisco Escriba ran onto the pitch at the final whistle to prevent his players from mobbing the referee and earning a sending off - with eight players from Elche having been booked in the match.

The game got off to an exciting start with David Rodriguez Lomban's glancing header working the goalkeeper 10 minutes in before Ronaldo sent a strike whistling past the post.

Javi Marquez missed a glorious chance for the hosts in the 21st minute after having earlier been denied by the Diego Lopez

Sergio Ramos was lucky to escape a second yellow card in the 33rd minute and Madrid would finally take the lead six minutes after the interval when Ronaldo smashed a free-kick home.

Boakye fired a warning in the 68th minute when he hit the side netting before sending Lopez scrambling with nine minutes to go. His persistence would pay off though as he tucked away the equaliser in the 91st minute to spark mass celebration inside the stadium.

That joy was cut short minutes later as fans were awaiting the final whistle as the referee pointed to the spot after Pepe went down in the area - though replays suggested that the Portugal defender had actually hauled down the Elche defender.

Ronaldo was not about to let the opportunity slip though as he slammed his finish home from the spot to give Madrid the win.

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