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La Liga News: 4 November 2015; Real Madrid Edge Paris Saint-Germain, Karim Benzema Arrested

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Nacho helps Madrid see off Paris to reach last 16 -
Real Madrid booked their place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 as they withstood a barrage of first-half Paris Saint-Germain attacks to claim a narrow Group A victory. The visitors took the initiative from the off and wonderful interplay down the right set the tone as Ángel Di María, back at the Santiago Bernabéu, fed the marauding Serge Aurier. Blaise Matuidi met the Ivorian's centre; Keylor Navas was equal to the midfielder's effort.

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema arrested over alleged blackmail | Sky Sports
The French media agency reported the Real Madrid striker arrived at a police station near Paris early on Wednesday and was placed in detention. An investigation was opened in July into a suspected attempt to extort France international Valbuena, with police trying to determine the extent to which Benzema was aware of an intimate video which found its way into the hands of blackmailers.

Navas ‘proud’ over record | Football Espana
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas declared himself ‘proud and grateful’ at setting a Champions League record for clean sheets against Paris Saint-Germain. Navas surpassed Miguel Angel Moya to go the longest of any goalkeeper without conceding in his first Champions League games as Los Blancos down PSG through a Nacho goal.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is close to returning from injury, says Rafael Benitez | Sky Sports
Bale played both Euro 2016 Qualifying matches for Wales against Bosnia & Herzegovina and Andorra in October even though he had not started a game for Real for almost a month due to a thigh injury but has been left out of the squad for this month's friendlies. The Welsh international started Real Madrid's 3-0 win against Levante four days later, only to be substituted at half-time with a recurring calf injury.

No Bale in Wales squad | Football Espana
Gareth Bale isn’t in the Wales squad to play the Netherlands despite suggestions the Real Madrid forward would be included. Bale hasn’t played since Madrid’s mid-October win over Levante, when he was substituted at half time because of injury.

Marcelo a Clasico doubt | Football Espana
Real Madrid are waiting for news on the extent of Marcelo’s hamstring injury, suffered in the Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain. Marcelo lasted barely 30 minutes with Marca noting he is the 12th Madrid player to go down injured this season, and, in his case, it’s felt to be a case of burnout as there are no other natural left-backs in Rafa Benitez’s squad.

Atlético fail to find a way past Astana -
Although they suffered a 4-0 reverse against Diego Simeone's men last time out, Astana had negotiated the first half with little cause for alarm until Fernando Torres almost broke the deadlock on 32 minutes. The Atleti No9 raced onto Juanfran's pass before his outside-of-the-boot attempt bounced past the far post. It was the only opening for Torres who remains on 99 goals for his home-town club.

Diego Simeone Atletico attack must improve after Astana draw - ESPN FC
Diego Simeone has called on Atletico Madrid to create more chances in future after a 0-0 Champions League draw at Astana on Tuesday afternoon. Atletico dominated possession throughout the game in Kazakhstan, and midfielders Koke and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco hit the woodwork with attempted crosses as the visitors pressed at the end of each half.

City ease past Sevilla to seal last-16 place -
Manuel Pellegrini's side had prevailed with a last-gasp Kevin De Bruyne strike a fortnight ago in England, but it was a devastating early burst that did the damage in Seville. Sterling and Fernandinho netted in quick succession, and though Benoît Trémoulinas pulled one back, once Wilfried Bony restored the two-goal cushion before half-time the result was never in doubt.

La Liga: Northern delights & young starlets but trouble in Andalucia | Eurosport
They started the season on a high after comprehensively beating Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup but the hangover from that victory carried into the opening few games of La Liga. They also struggled to find a balance when rotating the squad for the Europa League matches, narrowly getting past MSK Zilina in the 4th qualifying round. It was looking precarious for Valverde’s men when they followed up a victory over Getafe with back-to-back defeats and a dull 0-0 draw against rivals Real Sociedad.

Espanyol sells 50 percent share to Chinese company Rastar - ESPN FC
Espanyol have announced that a Chinese company has bought more than 50 percent of the Spanish club's shares and will invest in the indebted team. In a statement Espanyol thanked Rastar Group President Chen Yansheng for the decision to "strengthen the club."

Getafe angry with Barcelona stars after Halloween antics - ESPN FC
Barcelona's Halloween antics have angered Getafe president Angel Torres due to the mess left in the away changing room. A group of Barca players -- including Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Neymar -- celebrated their side's 2-0 win at Getafe on Saturday night by immediately changing into fancy dress, and then mistakenly blundering into the media area as the Madrid side's Victor Rodriguez was speaking.

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