Liga - Griezmann double helps rampant Sociedad up to fourth

French winger Antoine Griezmann scored twice, the second a sensational volley, as Real Sociedad battered Real Valladolid 4-1 at home to go fourth in La Liga on Saturday.

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Real Sociedad's French forward Antoine Griezmann celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs Real Valladolid

The club from San Sebastian extended their unbeaten run to 10 games with a devastating display of attacking football that keeps them on course for a shot at European football next season.

Philippe Montanier's side moved to 47 points with 10 games left and into the last Champions League qualification berth, 10 points behind third-placed Atletico Madrid, who visit Osasuna on Sunday.

They pushed Champions League quarter-finalists Malaga, who host Espanyol on Sunday, down to fifth on 44 points.

Leaders Barcelona, with 71 points, host Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, while second-placed Real Madrid, with 58 points, are at home to Real Mallorca later on Saturday.

After a tight opening period, a Sociedad brimming with confidence scored three times in the last 16 minutes of the first half, the 21-year-old Griezmann tucking away the first from close range in the 34th.

Imanol Agirretxe curled a shot into the top corner soon after and Griezmann brought the house down with his strike just before the break.

He raced through the middle on to a long floated pass from David Zurutuza, controlled the ball with one touch, and before it hit the ground rifled a shot past Daniel Hernandez.

A scything move of one-touch passes started by Griezmann saw Xabi Prieto poke Sociedad's fourth straight after the re-start, and Ruben Pardo rattled the visitors' crossbar.

Valladolid snatched a well-worked goal through Javi Guerra at the end to stay 12th with 35 points.

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