Real Madrid pulled off one of the more dramatic comebacks in recent memory on Tuesday, overcoming a late one-goal deficit, and the complete meltdown of one of its own players, to record a victory that keeps Madrid in the La Liga title race.
Gonzalo Higuain's stunning game-winner capped a purely crazy sequence of events in its match vs. Getafe. Pushing desperately for a much-needed victory, Real Madrid looked in danger of losing when Pepe was whistled for a penalty in the 88th minuteafter pushing Getafe striker Francisco Casquero. Pepe responded to the call by pulling a double Ricardo Clark, kicking Casquero twice as he laid on the ground (and for good measure Pepe appeared to knee Casquero in the back as Casquero rolled around). Pepe then apparently punched another Getafe player before cursing out the fourth official.
Yes, we told you he lost his mind.
Real Madrid looked finished, but Iker Casillas saved the subsequent penalty (a soft attempt down the middle) and Higuain delivered a beautiful blast to win the game and keep Real Madrid's title hopes alive.
Here are the full highlights:
Here is a close-up of Pepe's double kick
Now, I'm sure defenders all over the world have wanted to kick some attacking player for going to ground too easily, but Pepe clearly lost it and is now probably done for the season, leaving Real Madrid without its best defender as it tries to catch Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
What did you think of Real Madrid's comeback? Is Higuain one of Europe's best strikers? Think Pepe should be suspended for the rest of the season (or are you buying the Roger Clemens-like 'he meant to kick air' defense)?
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