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La Liga News: 3 March 2016; Real Madrid Edge Levante, Ernesto Valverde Extends Athletic Bilbao Contract

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Levante 1-3 Real Madrid - ESPN FC
A penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo gave the visitors a 32nd-minute lead and moments later an own goal by Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino doubled Madrid's advantage, although Deyverson quickly pulled one back before the break, only for substitute Isco to wrap up the points for Real in injury time.

Ronaldo has a point: BBC have completed just two games together compared to MSN's 18 -
The three-time Ballon d'Or winner surprised journalists in the mixed zone at the Santiago Bernabeu after the derby defeat against Atletico on Saturday, but he had not expressed himself quite as he had wanted and came out to rectify later. Nevertheless, he still had to clear the air with his teammates at Madrid training on Monday morning.

James has three months to prove he has a Real Madrid future -
His has been a dramatic decline. James Rodriguez was hailed as a superb signing as he impressed in his debut season at Real Madrid, but little has gone right recently for the Colombian and after another disappointing display on Wednesday, he is now playing for his long-term future at the club.

Emery joins Sevilla 100 club | Football Espana
Unai Emery became only the third Sevilla Coach to win 100 games on Wednesday after he led his side to a 1-0 victory over Eibar. Fernando Llorente scored the only goal at Sanchez Pizjuan to extend the Andalucians’ run of successive triumphs on home soil to 14, and the trainer was relieved his team were able to emerge unscathed from a poor performance.

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde signs new contract | Sky Sports
The deal sees Valverde tied to Athletic until June 2017 and comes following media speculation linking him with a possible summer move to Real Madrid. The 52-year-old former Valencia, Olympiakos and Villarreal boss, who took over as Athletic coach for the second time in 2013, said: "I'm very happy to be here at Athletic."

Aritz Aduriz hits 30-goal mark with hat-trick against Deportivo - ESPN FC
Aritz Aduriz scored a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 30 as Athletic Bilbao cruised to back-to-back league wins by beating Deportivo La Coruna 4-1. Iker Muniain gave Bilbao an early lead and veteran Spanish striker Aduriz struck before the break and twice in the second period after Oriel Riera had given Deportivo brief hope when making it 2-1 in the 51st minute.

Celta Vigo 0-0 Villarreal - ESPN FC
Villarreal extended their unbeaten league run to 14 matches and remain fourth in La Liga following a goalless draw at Celta Vigo. Cedric Bakambu went closest to breaking the deadlock for Villarreal in the first half but the striker was denied on three occasions by Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.

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