First Division - Day 15

Albacete 4 - Racing Santander 0

Albacete: Roa; Oscar Montiel, Pablo, Buades, Peña; Iván Díaz, Álvaro Rubio, Parri (David Sánchez 59'), Delporte; Aranda (Mikel 64'), Pacheco (Pablo García 78'). 4-4-2.
Racing: Ricardo; Coromina, Pablo Casar (Moratón 07'), Juanma, Ayoze; Diego Mateo (Javi Guerrero 70'), Nafti; Morán (Matabuena 46'), Benayoun, Regueiro; Bodipo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Albacete: Buades, Álvaro Rubio, Delporte for Unai, Viaud, David Sánchez / Racing: No change.

1-0. 41. Aranda (penalty). After Juanma tripped Aranda just inside area.
2-0. 59. Pacheco. Picked up return pass from Aranda and shot into roof of net.
3-0. 73. Delporte. Shot into empty net after Ricardo pushed out Mikel shot.
4-0 88. Juanma (own goal). Turned ball into own net from Delporte's cross.

Albacete moved out of the relegation zone to the detriment of Real Sociedad after thrashing Racing Santander 4-0. It was a second such defeat for the Cantabrians, who came in to this match with one of the best away records in the league but who fell apart when they were reduced to ten men shortly before half time.

The game didn't take off until ten minutes before the break when Roa made a great save from Morán. Aranda and Parri both had chances at the other end, and a couple of minutes later the home side took the lead when Aranda won himself a penalty under Juanma's challenge and converted the spot kick himself. Before he did so though, referee Rubinos Pérez showed a second yellow card to Nafti for a foul in the play leading up to the penalty, leaving the Cantabrians with ten men.

With an extra man the locals turned it on, and Aranda hit the post soon after the restart. Benayoun went close at the other end, but Pacheco made it two for the locals after Aranda set him up, and Delporte got an easy third into an empty net after Ricardo pushed away a shot from Mikel.

Two minutes from the end Juanma couldn't get out of the way of Delporte's cross a yard away from the goal line, and Albacete had got their best result of the season. They ended the weekend in fifteenth place, above the likes of Celta and Real Sociedad and the best placed of the three newly promoted sides.