On the last day of the season, KAA Gent ensured they will be playing European football next season. The Buffalos crowned a good first half with a lovely goal from Kubo. In the second half, Brugge applied a lot of pressure but Gent held firm, while at the other end Andrijasevic and Kubo had good chances but were denied by Horvath and the bar. Gent came away with the victory, so holding off Genk in the battle for fourth—making sure of a place in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League!
Away at KRC Genk, Kubo opened the scoring after 15 minutes, following an assist from Chakvetadze. A well-organised Gent had the match under control for a long time, until midway through the second half when Samatta netted an equaliser out of the blue. In the final minutes both Rosted and Dejaegere picked up second yellow cards, but the nine-men Buffalos held on for a valuable point, taking them to fourth in the league.
With so few chances in the first half, the visitors got ahead with a lucky shot from an intercepted cross from Rezaei. Gent looked for the equalizer after half time, but it was only in the last moments that their chances appeared. The pole, a super save by Penneteau and a save on the line all prevented the Buffalos from picking up three – or even a single – point.
Soon in the important game against R Standard de Liège, Gent was denied a penalty that it should've gotten because of a clear pulling faul against Gigot. Right before the break, however, the Buffaloes took the lead through a header from Janga. In the second half, Standard first levelled and then took the lead through goals by Cimirot and Edmilsion. Janga scored again and levelled for the Buffaloes, but the goal was disallowed for unclear reasons after the ref consulted the VAR. Later, the VAR gave Gent a penalty for a hand ball, but Standard's keeper Ochoa stopped Yaremchuk's penalty kick. At the end, a counter attack by Standard resulted in a third goal for the visitors (1-3), leaving the Buffaloes with a very sour and debatable loss
KAA Gent didn' manage to climb up to the second place in the ranking. Away at Charleroi, the Buffaloes created the best chances in teh first half, but when Kubo hit the post, Fall managed to score on a rare counter-attack. The home team was very efficient in the second half and Pollet doubled the lead. Kubo managed to reduce the lead again (2-1), but Gent's final efforts didn't lead to an equaliser.
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."