The in-form goalkeeper had little to do as his side dominated. Produced one strong stop shortly before the break when Griezmann evaded the attention of Pique to fire a shot at goal.
Lost his concentration when De La Bella pulled a goal back for the visitors, but apart from that was solid at the back for the hosts.
Returning to the starting lineup, the Brazil international was prominent in his side's play down the right-hand side, and he linked well with Alexis.
The former Sevilla man will have relished the manner in which Barcelona played this evening as it gave him license to race forward and attack.
The elder statesman in this Barca side has been used sparingly this season, but he made his presence felt this evening with a supreme performance in central midfield.
Scored his fifth league goal ever for Barcelona midway through the half, with a superbly taken half volley, and he controlled the game effortlessly from his position at the base of the midfield.
His relationship with Messi seems telepathic at times and that was no different tonight, particularly during a 15-minute spell at the end of the first half.
Withdrawn not long before halftime after struggling with a thigh injury following a clash with Busquets in the second minute of the game.
Chosen ahead of Saturday's hat-trick hero, Pedro, the Chile international proved a threat on the right without troubling the scoresheet.
The former Santos man was tormenter-in-chief of Estrada in the first half, which led to the Sociedad right back being hauled off at halftime. He opened the scoring with a simple finish early on and also provided the assist for Messi's header.
The Argentine was brilliant, but he will be disappointed that he did not score more than once. He struck the woodwork from close range after scoring with his head in the first half, and a concoction of Bravo saves and poor finishing meant he did not add to his tally after the break.
Dallied when Alexis' cross bounced in front of him as Neymar opened the scoring but could do little about Barcelona's three other goals. Pulled off some fine saves from Messi after the break.
Looked frustrated at times by the slack play of those around him. The talented young defender struggled against Barca's vibrant front three.
De La Bella
The left back struggled against the raw pace and power of Alexis and was beaten far too easily at times. Despite his defensive failings he got forward well after the break and scored his side's consolation goal from close range.
Threw his body in front of a couple of shots to keep the score almost respectable in the first half, and looked more comfortable after the break when he moved to right back.
Beaten far too easily by Neymar as he ghosted down the left to set up Messi for Barca's second, and some cheap fouls on the Brazilian completed a fairly miserable outing for the fullback, who was hauled off at halftime.
The defensive midfielder's positioning was a clear weakness for the visitors as Barca turned up the pressure and poured forward at will over the course of the game.
Playing in an unfamiliar midfield he was too often found off the pace as Barcelona's midfield and full backs streamed forward. Replaced by Pardo after the break.
The Sociedad captain was withdrawn midway through the half with a leg injury and this halted his side's creativity.
Making only his second appearance for the club, the 21-year-old unsurprisingly struggled against the likes of Busquets and Xavi in midfield.
Curled a fine effort against the crossbar in the second minute of the game but apart from that barely featured.
The tricky attacker saw very little of the ball, which is a shame as when he did get it he looked dangerous. Just before halftime he forced Valdes into making a smart stop with a shot from 25 yards.