In a chanceless first half, the defenders ruled over the attackers and the spare chances from a distance didn't reach the goal. After the break, both teams were more dangerous, but Genk goalie Vukovic stopped a big chance from Andrijasevic, while Kalinic stopped attempts from Karelis en Pozuelo. His third clean sheet in four games only brought the Buffaloes one point this time.
Away at R Standard de Liège, Gent had the most ball possesion in the first half, but the chances were scarce. Becayse the second half didn't result in any goals either, it looked like the game was gonna end a draw. That was, however, until Edmilson dived over Asare's leg and got an undeserved penalty. Emond scored the penalty in the last minute off the game, leaving Gent with a very bitter first loss in Play-Off 1.
KAA Gent has now also ended its second game in Play-Off 1 with a win. In the game against Club Brugge, the leader in the ranking, the Buffaloes already opened the score two minutes in the match through a header from Kalu. Gent dominated the rest of the first half and created many chances, but didn't manage to score again. After the break, Club Brugge fought back, but goalie Kalinic could not be surprised and kept a clean sheet. Thanks to this 1-0 win, Gent caught up to Brugge in the ranking, making the difference now 6 points.
KAA Gent started Play-Off 1 with a bang. Away at RSC Anderlecht, the Buffaloes created the best chances in both halves of the game. They didn't manage to score in the first half, but soon enough after the break, Dejaegere opened the score. Anderlecht's goalkeeper Sels kept his team in the game for a long time, but towards the end, Kubo doubled Gent's lead by scoring from a penalty rebound. Thanks to this huge 2-0 win, the Buffaloes jumped over Chelsea into the second place.
KAA Gent and the local football clubs in Gent participating in the Elk Talent Telt partnership join forces and unite against hate.
KAA Gent will offer more seats for wheelchairs, starting with the Play Offs 2018. Specifically, there will be 6 designated seats in block RS 232 (tier 2) 6 designated seats in block RS 438 (tier 4). The seats are located indoor at the third floor. The amount of designated seats for people in wheelchairs is increased from 30 to 42.
On the last matchday of the regular season, KAA Gent held a good final rehearsal for Play-Off 1. The Buffaloes dominated the first half against KRC Genk and took the lead through a header Verstraete. The home team increased the pressure after the break, but Kalu doubled the lead for Gent. Trossard brought his team back to 1-2, but the Buffaloes claimed the win and further secured their 4th place in the ranking.
KAA Gent suffered a bitter defeat to KV Oostende at the second-to-last matchday of the regular season. In the first half, the visitors took the lead through a penalty. In the second half, Gent increased the pressure, but a rare counter attack by Oostende resulted in a 0-2 lead. Gent fought back and leveled through goals from Janga and Yaremchuk, but there was a sting in the tail, as in the 96th minute, a deflected shot from Zivkovic landed in the goal, causing the visitors to claim the 3 points at the very end.
KAA Gent endured a difficult first half away at Waasland-Beveren, who took the lead through a header from Thelin. After the break, the Buffaloes came out strongly, but it wasn't until the last 15 minutes that Bronn managed to level the score. In the 92th minute Yarumchuk sealed the deal scoaring through an assist from Chakvetadze. The Buffaloes claimed 3 points and secured a spot in Play Off 1!
The CIES Football Observatery has ranked Samuel Kalu as 17th in a list of the 50 most promising talents in Europe, just behind Justin Kluivert of Ajax Amsterdam.
The 50 teenagers with the best career prospects in Europe
CIES analysed the minutes played by each footballer and weighed them according to the sporting level of leagues and the results achieved by employer clubs. Based on that analysis they made a ranking of the U20 players from 22 European competitions which cumulated the most domestic league experience during the last two years. The CIES observes these 50 players have the best prospects of a great career in the top of European football.
Donnarumma, Mbappé and ... Kalu!
Ten players received a 5 star rating. CIES sees these 10 as capable of establishing themselves in the very best European teams. In the top three positions are Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan), Alban Lafont (Toulouse) and Kylian Mbappé (PSG/AS Monaco).
After the top 10 come 18 players with a 4 star rating (including Samuel Kalu) of which CIES states: "All of these players have a concrete possibility to spend the big part of their career in the most competitive European championships."
After a poor first half, Gent was losing 0-2 following goals by Mechelen's Tainmont and Rits. Coming out of the locker room, Gent showed a totally different face and Janga headed Kalu's assist in the net. The visitors faded away and Yaremchuck's header leveled the score. Gent even came close to winning, but goalkeeper Coosemans saved his team.
KAA Gent secured their tenth (!) consecutive home win against K Sint-Truidense VV zijn tiende (!). After just 15 minutes, Kubo took the lead for Gent. The visitors fought back, but couldn't get past Yannick Thoelen. Upon returning from the locker room, Kitsiou quickly got a red card, leading his team to lose strength. Yaremchuck doubled the lead (2-2) and Janga put the final 3-0 score on the board, following an assist from Foket.
KAA Gent dominated the first half, but only managed to create a handful of chances to get through Eupen's well-organised defense. Even though Eupen hadn't created any chances, they did take the lead right before the break. The second half saw chances on both sides, but Gent then increased the pressure, especially after a red card for Eupen's Kone. In the 89th minute, Janga's header secured the much deserved draw for Gent.
KAA Gent won the Battle of Flanders against Club Brugge (2-0). Before the break Gent wasted some chances, but after the break they got what they deserved: Andrijasevic headed Kalu's corner into the net (1-0). Later, Gigot missed a penalty, but Kalu then kicked the rebound in (2-0). With this, The Buffaloes secured their 9th win in a row.
In this battle for the 4th spot in the ranking, the Buffaloes dominated the majority of the game, even though that didn't result in many chances in the first half. Gent did open the score through a header from Yaremchuck, but Limbombé leveled for Antwerp right before the break. After the break, Gent created many chances but Antwerp's goalkeeper Bolat prevented the Buffaloes from claiming a well-deserved win.