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La Liga News: 22 August 2016; Real Madrid Start Season with Win, Alaves Stun Atletico Madrid

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Gareth Bale Brace fuels Real Madrid to winning start in la Liga - ESPN
Gareth Bale made it five goals in four trips to San Sebastian as his early goal set Real Madrid on the way to a comfortable 3-0 victory away to Real Sociedad. The Wales forward headed home with just over a minute gone and the second arrived in the 40th minute when young midfielder Marco Asensio applied a composed finish to a long ball forward.

Real Madrid on verge of new record in La Liga -
Real Madrid are on the verge of making even more history! Zinedine Zidane's team's 3-0 win over Real Sociedad means they have won their last 13 games in La Liga across the end of the 2015-16 season and the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign, and they need just three more wins to beat their previous record.

Atletico Madrid drop points against Alaves on late Manu strike - ESPN
Coach Diego Simeone had seen Atletico's principal La Liga title rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid win their opening games and it seemed they had finally made the breakthrough when debutant Kevin Gameiro, who had wasted earlier chances, converted from the spot after a penalty was controversially awarded for a foul on Fernando Torres.

Sporting Gijón 2-1 Athletic Bilbao - ESPN
Sporting Gijon scored twice in the space of three minutes at the start of the second half to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in their LaLiga opener at El Molinon. It was a positive start from the hosts, who had narrowly avoided relegation last season.

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