This La Liga season has seen a hugely disappointing Real Betis fall from their 7th place finish last year to a campaign at the foot of the table.
Short of safety by a mammoth 10 points with just 4 games remaining, Betis fans had seen their away match with fellow relegations candidates Rayo Vallecano as the last chance to close the gap to a more surmountable target.
As it turned out, it would be the game that would almost certainly hammer the proverbial nail in the club's La Liga coffin, with Betis on the receiving end of a 3-1 result.
And for one player it was just too much, not just because of the significance of the result, but also because of the role he played in it.
Brazilian central defender Paulao, who has missed much of the season with injury, had a catastrophic 31 minutes on the pitch.
Firstly, in the 14th minutes his poor pass back to former Real keeper Antonio Adan gifted a simple goal to Vallecano striker Ruben Rochina, on loan from Blackburn Rovers.
Visibly distraught, the defenders afternoon would only get worst after a cross from fullback Anaitz Arbilla hit his shin and flew over Adan's head to give the home side a 2-0 lead.
In tears, and unable to get to his feet, the reassurances from both his teammates and opponents couldn't placate the defender's anguish, and he made repeated hand gestures requesting a substitution.
With the Brazilian's wish granted, Paulao made his way to the bench to watch his side continue to struggle in his absence. It was only 32 minutes into the match.
Some would say it is inexcusable for a player to throw in the towel on the pitch, for Paulao it was a sign of just how much he cared, and the fact both sides sought to soothe his distress shows they knew how fine the line is between the two.