Updated: Tuesday, 14 January 2014 07:07 | By Agence France-Presse

Villarreal thrash Sociedad, close in on top four

Villarreal enhanced their prospects of playing Champions League football next season with a 5-1 thrashing of Real Sociedad at El Madrigal on Monday.

Villarreal thrash Sociedad, close in on top four

Villarreal's Mexican forward Giovani Dos Santos (R) celebrates his goal with Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on January 13, 2014

Sociedad had come into the game on the back of five straight league wins, but a double from Giovanni dos Santos added to a strike from Nigerian Ikechukwu Uche had the hosts 3-0 up inside 33 minutes.

Uche then took his tally to five goals in his last two games with another neat finish 10 minutes after half-time.

Young midfielder Moi Gomez made it 5-0 at the end of another fine team move just before the hour mark before Imanol Agirretxe pulled back a consolation goal for the visitors.

Villarreal are now just two points behind Athletic Bilbao in the fourth place with Sociedad a further two points behind in sixth.

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