On the whole, the Betis defence has been one of the team's strengths this season - their 10 clean sheets is twice as many as Barcelona have managed, for example - but let's just say tonight wasn't their collective finest hour. Pepe Mel's side took an unlikely 0-2 lead shortly after half-time but within 15 minutes the scoreline was 3-2, and Real Sociedad hadn't had to do anything special to turn the game around. It was all a bit of a shame - even though Dorlan Pabón rescued a point five minutes later.
But it's hard to be too down after what was an exceptionally open and entertaining game. Both Sociedad and Betis went full pelt for the win for the entire 90 minutes and it would be a very blinkered observer who could conclude that a draw wasn't about right. Or, as Pepe Mel has apparently just put it, "The most fair result would have been if both teams had won."
That said, the home side probably did have the better of the first half. Griezmann scored with a screamer that was incorrectly ruled out for offside, and Agirretxe hit the inside of the post with a header, but Betis always had their opponents on the stretch when they broke quickly from the back and it was one such move that allowed them to take an unexpected lead after half an hour. A very shrewd pass from Joel Campbell on the right picked out Jorge Molina's run, and the big No. 19 - for once - kept his cool to slot the ball past Bravo.
And 0-1 at half-time became 0-2 very soon afterwards, when a mix-up between a Sociedad defender and his keeper - very reminiscent of the Amaya-Casto incident in the Copa del Rey game against Atlético - allowed Pabón to nip in poke the ball home. No doubt some of you were already working out where the three points would leave us.
But within seconds the home side had got themselves back in the game, when a weak Mario clearance was smashed in by ex-Arsenal striker Carlos Vela, and it was all square before another five minutes were through after clueless defending of a corner allowed Iñigo Martínez to head in unmarked from about five yards out (approximately 50 yards closer to goal than he was 18 months ago).
The third Sociedad goal, on 61 minutes, was rank bad luck - with the referee adjudging that a ball off Ángel's shoulder was worth a penalty for handball - so all credit to Betis for bouncing back so smartly. Dorlan Pabón, who's looking more and more like a smart acquisition, played a clever one-two with substitute Rubén Castro and finished very neatly to level the scores with 25 minutes left.
And that was that as far as goals were concerned, but both teams kept attacking and had chances to notch a winner. In the end, although he made a couple of mistakes, one had to feel sorry for the referee; as the ball pinged from one end to the other he had to run up and down the pitch like a runaway lawnmower. The poor guy probably needed a lie down afterwards.
A point doesn't really do much for us, but three good goals for the second consecutive week is a very encouraging sign for the rest of the season. The 40-point barrier has been reached about six weeks ahead of schedule and we're still just three points off that fourth place. Tonight's game was crazy enough to suggest otherwise, but things are about to get serious.
Betis: Adrián; Ángel, Mario, Amaya, Nacho; Beñat (Chica, m. 83), Cañas; Juan Carlos (Rubén Castro, m. 62), Campbell (Nono, m. 71); Pabón, Molina.
Goals: 0-1, m. 29: Jorge Molina. 0-2, m.48: Pabón. 1-2, m. 50: Vela. 2-2, m. 55: Íñigo. 3-2, m. 61: X. Prieto (pen). 3-3, m. 66: Pabón.