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Spanish Primera BBVA

Anoeta (ATT 10,492) 27th January 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

Sociedad Real Sociedad vs Elche Elche

Sociedad 4

A Griezmann (4, 12, 74)
C Vela (50)


Elche 0

Griezmann fires Real to victory

Last Updated: 28/01/14 7:16am

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Griezmann: Hat-trick hero

Griezmann: Hat-trick hero

Antoine Griezmann underlined why he is being linked with a host of big-name clubs with a fantastic hat-trick in Real Sociedad's 4-0 victory over struggling Elche.

The French forward, who has committed himself to La Real despite rumoured interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain among others, netted twice in the opening 12 minutes.

Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela got on the scoresheet shortly after half-time and Griezmann completed a sensational night with his third strike as Sociedad returned to winning ways in the Primera Division.

They had collected just one point from their last two games to slip away from the Champions League places, but an emphatic win puts them back in the picture.

Sociedad quickly settled into their stride and took the lead after four minutes when Vela played in Griezmann, who latched on to the long-range ball before excellently lifting over onrushing Antonio Tono.

The Elche goalkeeper was similarly powerless to prevent Griezmann giving the hosts a two-goal lead eight minutes later.

The 22-year-old Griezmann headed high into the top corner following a superb right-wing cross from Xabi Prieto.

To their credit, Elche refused to surrender and saw plenty of the ball in the first half but failed to create any meaningful chances.

That would come back to haunt them five minutes into the second half as Vela killed off any realistic hopes the visitors had of getting back into the match with a wonderful solo goal.

The Mexican wove his way to the edge of the area before unleashing a superb volley into the top corner.

Griezmann sealed his hat-trick in the 74th minute, netting from close range after Tono and failed to properly clear Imanol Agirretxe's cross as Sociedad moved within a point of fifth-placed Villarreal.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 35 72
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 35 47
9 Espanyol 35 46
10 Celta Vigo 34 45
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 35 40
14 Getafe 35 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Eibar 35 31
17 Almeria 34 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 35 28
20 Cordoba 35 20