Atleti created numerous opportunties and should have perhaps defeated the San Sebastian side by a greater margin...
Goals from Filipe Luis, Mario Suarez and Sergio Aguero handed Atletico Madrid a comfortable 2-0 victory against struggling Real Sociedad at the Vicente Calderon this evening.
Filipe netted on 12 minutes and Suarez struck on the stroke of half time, before Aguero rounded off the win to ensure the points remained in the capital, and that the visitors' poor recent run of results continues.
The need for points was greater for the visiting Basque side, who have been dragged into a relegation battle due to their poor form in recent weeks, but it was Atleti who were the dominant force throughout much of the contest.
Sergio Aguero, Tiago and Jose Antonio Reyes all went close throughout the opening exchanges, and when the opening goal came it arrived from an unlikely source in the form of defender Filipe Luis.
The Brazilian full-back drilled the ball home from the left-hand edge of the area after being laid in by Diego Costa, and Quique Sanchez Flores' side held the lead that their play had deserved.
Sociedad looked to be a team suffering from a crisis of confidence at the current time, and it was no surprise to see the capital club extend their advantage on the stroke of half time.
Reyes, always dangerous for the hosts throughout the match, produced some good work to give Mario Suarez the simplest of tasks to convert from close range, and even with 45 minutes remaining, the match looked to be all but over.
Indeed, despite the San Sebastian club making three substitutions in the second half, they could not stem the flow of Atletico attacks towards their goal.
Diego Costa and Koke both tested the reflexes of Claudio Bravo, and had it not been for the keeper's good form, his side would have been long out of the match.
Atleti eventually clinched the win when Tiago allowed Aguero to slot home at the death, to keep their Europa League aspirations intact, while demotion to the Segunda Division continues to be a genuine threat for Real Sociedad.