Real Madrid beat La Liga new boys Elche on Wednesday under plenty of criticism, and by criticism we mean over a hundred outraged Elche fans reported Real to the national police for robbery:
Hemos recibido >120 menciones sobre fútbol en los últimos diez minutos… Recordad, tratamos de ayudaros sobre SEGURIDAD… :-)— Policía Nacional (@policia)
Translation: “We have received >120 mentions of football in the last ten minutes … Remember, we try to help you on SAFETY”
So, were Elche really robbed? You be the judge.
The newly promoted side scored a shock equalizer in the 89th minute to get on the verge of a major upset, but then Real Madrid was saved by the bell — or this case, the whistle of referee César Muñiz — as Madrid’s Pepe was awarded a highly questionable 91st minute penalty (which Ronaldo converted for the match-winner)
Watch as Pepe gets rewarded for literally taking down his opponent:
Sure looks like highway robbery, but to others, the conclusion of the match resembled more a slapstick comedy. Take Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, for example.
Viendo una película de humor por el Canal + Liga.. Siempre va bien a estas horas de la noche!— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique)
Countering the Barcelona man’s neg, however, Real’s Álvaro Arbeloa stuck with the comedy theme and took a stab at Barca’s tendency for similar theatrics:
Muy contentos con los 3 puntos! Me alegro de que algunos cambien el teatro por el cine, eso siempre esta bien! pic.twitter.com/a1HR3pri8G— Álvaro Arbeloa (@aarbeloa17)
Meaning: “Very happy with the 3 points! I’m glad that some change from theater to cinema, that is always good!”
Ahh yes, good ol’ rivalry banter. So, when’s the first Clasico?