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La Liga News: 31 October 2016; Gareth Bale Extends Contract, Villarreal Lose First Game

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Gareth Bale signs new five-and-a-half year deal at Real Madrid | Sky Sports
The Wales international joined Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3m, signing a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.He has won the Champions League twice in three seasons in the Spanish capital, scoring 62 goals in 135 appearances, 14 of them since Zinedine Zidane took charge in January.

Pepe to miss Madrid derby | Football Espana
Real Madrid have confirmed “a grade-two thigh injury” for Pepe, which rules him out of the capital derby against Atletico. A medical report on Madrid’s official website explained “after tests carried out on Pepe at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a grade-two muscle injury in the biceps femoris in his left leg, pending recovery.”

Atletico Madrid star Nico Gaitan could return from injury against Rostov | Sky Sports
Atletico Madrid playmaker Nico Gaitan will be out for less time than feared after tests showed he had not suffered a serious injury in the 4-2 win at home to Malaga on Saturday. When Gaitan left the Estadio Vicente Calderon in the first half, it seemed likely that he would miss the forthcoming Champions League and La Liga games against FC Rostov and Real Sociedad.

Eibar leave it late to send Villarreal to first defeat | ESPN
Late goals from Ivan Ramis and Pedro Leon sealed a dramatic 2-1 win for Eibar and handed visitors Villarreal their first defeat of the new La Liga season. Fran Escriba's side had looked set for a third straight domestic win when captain Bruno put them ahead from the penalty spot four minutes before half-time.

Athletic Bilbao left frustrated as struggling Osasuna claim draw | ESPN
Athletic Bilbao were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by struggling Osasuna in La Liga on Sunday. Athletic had 70 per cent of possession and 18 shots but ended with only Raul Garcia's goal to show for their efforts as they failed to make meaningful headway on the teams above them.

Espanyol heap pressure on Gus Poyet's Real Betis with win | ESPN
Espanyol secured just their second La Liga win of the season by edging past Real Betis 1-0 and heaping the pressure on their coach Gus Poyet. The Catalan side, whose own coach Quique Sanchez Flores is also feeling the heat, left Seville with three points to pull clear of the bottom three thanks to Diego Reyes' powerful second-half header. Betis almost equalised at the death but goalkeeper Diego Lopez denied German Pezzella with an acrobatic save.

Las Palmas rally from three down to draw with Celta Vigo | ESPN
Las Palmas staged an incredible comeback to recover from 3-0 down at the break to draw 3-3 at home to Celta Vigo. The Canary Islanders looked dead and buried as Daniel Wass' free-kick and an Iago Aspas brace put Celta in control but the second half was a different story as Pedro Bigas cut the deficit to two.

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