Fresh off a massive derby win, Atlético Madrid returned to the Vicente Calderón for a Tuesday night tilt against Real Sociedad. Entering the game, Eusebio's men were one of the form teams in La Liga, having won four in a row prior to Sunday's draw with Málaga. Sociedad remain in the hunt for a Europa League place, but their chances were dealt a serious blow Tuesday night as Atlético stormed out of the gates and notched a comprehensive win.
It began early, as Atleti attacked right from kickoff and generated a couple dangerous chances inside the first 10 minutes. In the eighth minute, Koke, marauding further down the right than usual, delivered a low cross into the area that Sociedad midfielder Diego Reyes turned into his own goal before Luciano Vietto could manage a touch. Atleti were ahead 1-0, and although that was all that would be needed, Simeone's men did not rest on their laurels.
Atlético attacked throughout the first half but could not expand the lead. Still, the game went to break with the colchoneros comfortably on top, and less than a minute after the restart, a call was placed to Saúl Ñíguez.
La Real's lazy passing in front of goal came back to bite them. Vietto darted into the box after an interception and hung a cross for Saúl, whose left-footed volley was hit perfectly into the net. The canterano is up to seven goals in all competitions and the next Spanish NT coach really should have his eyes on him.
After a surprising Diego Godín substitution, Antoine Griezmann created Atlético's third goal and salted the game away. A super attacking move culminated in Alberto De la Bella knocking over Griezmann in the box, and the Frenchman then sent Gerónimo Rulli the wrong way for his 14th league goal. Atleti would see the game out from there and complete the double over Sociedad, consolidating second place in La Liga in the process.