Jan 27, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Anoeta
Real Sociedad
4-0
ElcheElche
Suarez (2' og.), Griezmann (12', 74'), Vela (50')
Gaztanaga (90')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Botia (23'), Perez (71')

Result: Antoine Griezmann hat-trick downs Elche

Result: Griezmann hat-trick downs Elche
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Antoine Griezmann scores a hat-trick as Real Sociedad cruise a 4-0 win over Elche to move within one point of the top five in La Liga.

Real Sociedad have moved to within one point of fifth-placed Villarreal in La Liga courtesy of a comfortable 4-0 win over Elche this evening.

Antoine Griezmann scored a hat-trick for the hosts as they eased past their opponents, while Carlos Vela also got on the scoresheet with one of his own.

The hosts made a perfect start to the match when they broke the deadlock after just three minutes, Griezmann lifting a shot over Tono having been found by a fine Vela pass.

Griezmann doubled his personal tally 10 minutes later, this time showcasing his heading ability by planting the ball in the top corner following a cross from Xabi Prieto.

The hosts came close to extending their lead even further on the half-hour mark, but Agirretxe's effort from the edge of the box was cleared off the line by Alberto Botia.

The visitors had a decent chance to get themselves back into the contest five minutes after the break when Aaron Niguez forced a corner, but Botia could only steer his close-range effort wide from the resulting delivery.

The hosts took full advantage of that miss to score a third moments later as Vela joined Griezmann on the scoresheet with a stunning strike into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Griezmann completed his hat-trick with 15 minutes to play when Tono failed to deal with a ball into the box, allowing the French striker to convert from close range.

Elche almost got a consolation goal late on when Edu Albacar found Richmond Boakye inside the box, but the striker's effort was brilliantly tipped wide by Claudio Bravo.

They came even closer in the 89th minute when Damian Suarez rattled the top of the crossbar with a free kick, but they were unable to get on the scoresheet as Sociedad cruised to a comfortable victory.

Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring the first goal during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on October 19, 2013
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