Sergio Aguero starred as Atletico Madrid comfortably defeated Real Sociedad 3-0 at the Vicente Calderon.
The Argentine striker capped a fine individual display with a brilliant third goal, created by Tiago’s headed clearance from a corner to emphasise his side’s superiority over a team that is on a terrible run of form.
Atleti took the lead in the 12th minute when a backheel by Diego Costa allowed his fellow Brazilian Filipe Luis to ram the ball past Claudio Bravo in style.
Jose Antonio Reyes was the architect of the second goal, just before half time, when he teased Carlos Martinez to tee up Mario Suarez for a simple finish.
After Aguero’s third, David de Gea ensured the hosts kept a clean sheet with a brilliant late stop from Diego Ifran’s free-kick.