Ronaldo secures dramatic win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 94th-minute penalty as Real Madrid beat Elche 2-1, while Sevilla and Valencia also won.

Last Updated: 26/09/13 at 12:47 Post Comment

Cristiano Ronaldo: Celebrates Real Madrid's late winner

Cristiano Ronaldo: Celebrates Real Madrid's late winner

The Alicante side had the better of the first half but could not make the breakthrough and a Ronaldo free-kick just after half-time saw them trail.

Madrid looked set to be denied right at the death though as Richmond Boakye headed winless Elche level in stoppage-time at the end of the game.

However, there was still just enough time for the visitors to find a winner and Carlos Sanchez's foul on Pepe gave Madrid the chance to do just that from the spot.

Ronaldo, who now has nine goals in his past five games, made no mistake to secure the win that sees Carlo Ancelotti's men move to within two points of joint Primera Division leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Also on Wednesday, Sevilla eased the pressure on coach Unai Emery with a 4-1 victory over nine-man Rayo Vallecano that lifts them off the foot of the standings.

Ivan Rakitic's 17th-minute penalty put the hosts ahead and the Croatia international doubled Sevilla's advantage eight minutes into the second half as the Andalusian side chased a first league win of the season.

Rayo pulled a goal back two minutes later through Adrian Gonzalez but their hopes of getting back on terms suffered a blow in the 66th minute when they lost Alejandro Galvez to a second yellow card.

There was no way back for the visitors after that and Sevilla wrapped up the points with two goals from substitute Carlos Bacca in the final nine minutes, the second of which came against nine men after Rayo had seen Jonathan Viera shown a straight red card.

Valencia coach Miroslav Djukic also found himself in the firing line following a recent run of four successive competitive defeats but his side were celebrating back-to-back league wins after clinching a last-gasp 1-0 victory at Granada.

With a disappointing game seemingly drawing to a limp conclusion, Brazilian forward Jonas struck with almost the last kick of the match as Valencia followed up their 3-1 triumph over Sevilla with another victory.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Premier League: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in plea after thwarted move

Morgan Schneiderlin has appealed to Southampton fans after a thwarted attempt to leave St Mary's.

Premier League: Chelsea hit Everton for six in nine-goal Goodison Park thriller

Chelsea hit Everton for six in a goal-filled Premier League extravaganza at Goodison Park which finally ended 6-3.

Transfer news: Leicester sign QPR full-back Danny Simpson

Leicester City have signed full-back Danny Simpson from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property