SANTANDER, May 29 (Primera Liga) - Racing Santander ended their season on a winning note, and will hope that they have now gained enough points to avoid relegation if the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decides to impose a points deduction.
The RFEF are deciding how to punish the club over the illegal fielding of Sergio Matabuena in seven games. In an error by the previous board, Matabuena was signed as a youth team player even though he was already 25-years-old.
David Aganzo's goal 12 minutes before the break on Sunday evening ensured that Racing have moved up to 44 points.
It was far from easy for Racing though, and already-relegated Albacete had several opportunities to spoil the day for the hosts, even though they eventually tumbled to their 22nd league defeat of a miserable season.
The visitors carved out the first real opening of the contest with just two minutes on the clock, when Mikel Aguirregomezcorta headed the ball straight at goalkeeper Dudu Aouate from six yards out.
Racing produced their first chance of the match moments later when Bustillo Pablo Casar was picked out by Fernando Moran, but he could only head the ball wide of the mark from eight yards.
Yossi Benayoun then missed a similar opportunity for the hosts, who were starting to find their feet, and Moran then produced a delightful piece of individual skill to create some room for himself, but his final shot drifted wide of the mark.
Jonathan Valle was the next to try his luck for the home side, but his left-footed thunderbolt from outside the penalty area was well kept out by Albacete goalkeeper Angel Hernandez.
The hosts eventually got the goal that their pressure deserved, when Pedro Lopez's outswinging cross from the right flank was met by Aganzo, who sneaked in between two defenders to plant an unstoppable header past Hernandez.
Albacete came within a lick of paint of scoring the leveller just before the break though, as Antonio Pacheco whipped a menacing free-kick into the six yard box and Mikel headed the ball against the crossbar with the goalkeeper well beaten.
The away side again came close with the first attack of the second period, as Francisco Rodriguez's cross evaded the goalkeeper, but Mikel somehow managed to head the ball over the target when well positioned just six yards out.
Albacete were dominating the early stages of the second period, and rookie striker Antonio Alfaro - given his chance in the first team as coach Martin Monteagudo looks forward to next season's campaign - drilled a left-footed shot inches wide of the mark from long range.
Racing could have wrapped up the points moments later though, as Benayoun set up Lopez, who smacked a powerful right-footed effort against the post.
Benayoun then came close himself, but his curling free-kick from just outside the penalty area just cleared the crossbar.
Racing spurned the final chance of the game, as substitute Javier Arizmendi's cross-shot fizzed wide of the goal, but the home side clung on to claim all three points.