What a fantastic result! The Buffalos beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-1 away from home and now head Group I. Yet in the first half, things did not look promising. Wolfsburg had the lion's share of possession, created chances, and took the lead after 19 minutes through a blistering strike from Victor. The second half was a different story, however. Gent applied pressure, showed courage and played themselves back into the game. The equaliser came after 50 minutes from Roman Yaremchuk, who brought down a high ball and thumped it into the net. 15 minutes later, fellow striker 'Lolo' Depoitre got in on the act, scoring from Vadis' corner. Then, with 76 minutes on the clock, Ngadeu scored with a backwards header to make it 3-1. After the cup triumph at Aalst, this was our first important away win, and what an excellent win it was—a night to remember!
In an eventful game at the Ghelamco Arena, the Buffalos beat Standard 3-1. Amallah put the visitors ahead just before half time, but when the teams came out for the second half, Gent got back in it, with Bezus equalising with a beauty from the edge of the box. Things started to look more difficult for the Buffalos when Odjidja got a second yellow for an alleged push on Mpoku. But the home side kept attacking, and earned a free kick. Kums' effort struck the arm of Vanheusden in the wall, earning him a red card, and David made no mistake from the resultant spot kick. A few minutes later, Castro-Montes added another with a cracking strike. So the final score was 3-1, and a well-earned triumph for Gent at Fort Ghelamco!
Fans at Lotto Park were treated to a six-goal thriller as Anderlecht played host to Gent. Verschaeren put the home side ahead, before Depoitre levelled the score just before the break. Two second-half goals from Roofe seemed to have secured victory for the men from Brussels. But then, with ten minutes to go, Yaremchuk pulled one back for the Buffalos. Gent kept attacking in the closing stages, and were rewarded in the 94th minute, when Plastun headed across the keeper into the far corner to equalise.
There were few chances in a dull first half at Stayen, but chances aplenty after half time. Most of these fell to Gent, but they were foiled by good goalkeeping from Schmidt and their own lack of sharpness in front of goal. In the closing minutes Boli and De Bruyn came close for the Kanaries, but could not beat Kaminski. So the game finished 0-0, which was somewhat incredible given the amount of opportunities in the second half.
Wolfsburg, currently second in the Bundesliga, were the better side in the opening half hour and scored twice, through Weghorst and Victor. Then Gent began to claw their way back, with Yaremchuk netting a screamer just before half time. The Buffalos were much more in the game in the second half, yet looked like they would not find the equaliser. But then, with 94 minutes on the clock, Yaremchuk scored again, making the Ghelamco Arena erupt with joy. With this 2-2 draw, Gent and Wolfsburg remain joint top of Group I of the UEFA Europa League.
In the match against Waasland-Beveren, KAA Gent celebrated a new record by winning their eleventh home game in a row. Yaremchuk opened the scoring in the eighteenth minute, and from then on the Buffalos were the dominant side. They kept up the pressure in the second half, and though Ngadeu's effort was ruled out, Depoitre then doubled the home side's advantage. Jackers pulled off a string of saves to stop the damage getting worse for the visitors, but when the final whistle went, Gent were jubilant nevertheless, having secured their record-breaking eleventh successive home victory.
KAA Gent were unable to pull off any surprises on matchday 10, in the top of the table clash away at league leaders Club Brugge. Vanaken headed Brugge into an early lead. Shortly after, Gent came close to equalising when Dejaegere hit the post, before Diatta doubled the home side's lead. Then Yaremchuk was fouled in the box but the referee did not award anything. Early in the second half, Dennis made it 3-0, yet still the Buffalos did not let their heads drop. They even carved out a number of chances, though could not get the ball past Mignolet. Diagne got a fourth in injury time, so in the end Brugge ran out handsome winners.
On matchday 2 of the UEFA Europa League group stage, Gent got a 1-1 draw away at FC Olexandriya. In an attractive game, Depoitre put the Buffalos into an early lead with a great strike. Then Ngadeu hit the post, before Kaminski was forced to make a number of outstanding saves. Gent's keeper was beaten after half time, however, when Sitalo equalised. The Buffalos went searching for a winner, but were unable to score again, so the match ended all square. Gent are joint top of Group I with Wolfsburg, who also drew 1-1 last night,away at Saint-Etienne.
Against a well-organised KV Kortrijk, Gent were unable to break the deadlock in the first half. Ngadeu came closest, but was denied by Bruzzese. But in the second half Ngadeu did score, volleying in from a corner. Then Bruzzese made several saves to keep the visitors in the game, but in the closing stages David put the result beyond doubt when he swept the ball into the bottom left hand corner. So Ghelamco Arena remains a fortress this season, with the Buffalos getting their ninth consecutive home win.
KAA Gent eased through to the last sixteen of the Croky Cup. Playing away at Eendracht Aalst, Kvilitaia quickly opened the scoring for the Buffalos, and Gent dominated the rest of the half, though failed to put any more chances away. More goals came after the break, however. First, Kvilitaia got his second of the evening, and then Kubo scored with a beautiful strike just inside the near post to put the result beyond doubt. The fourth and final goal of the night came from the young Dylan Mbayo, who scored just five minutes after coming on for his debut.
Playing away at SV Zulte Waregem, Gent went behind early on to a beautiful volley from Seck, before Yaremchuk levelled from the spot. Halfway through the second half, Larin headed Zulte Waregem back into the lead, but Yaremchuk struck again to equalise for the Buffalos. In a tense last ten minutes, Odjidja got sent off, and Kubo hit the post in the dying seconds. But the game finished all square in the Regenboogstadion.
KAA Gent made an outstanding start to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. David opened the scoring after just two minutes, before Khazri got an excellent equaliser. Yet Gent went in at half time in front, after David got on the end of a smart back-heel from Depoitre. The result looked decided following a Saint-Etienne own goal with about an hour played, but then the away side got one back after Kaminski sliced at a back pass. However, the Buffalos held firm until the final whistle and so picked up a crucial three points—their eighth consecutive home win of the season.
KAA Gent further strengthened their strong home reputation with a convincing 3-0 win over YR KV Mechelen. The away fans were already quiet after half an hour, following goals from Yaremchuk and David, and then Depoitre made it three on the stroke of half time. Gent remained dominant in the second half and created a number of chances, but Thoelen prevented them from adding to the scoresheet. This fourth home victory in a row moves the Buffalos to fourth in the table.
On the sixth match day of the Jupiler Pro League, the Buffalos did it again in their own Ghelamco Arena. Depoitre gave the Buffalos an early lead against Cercle Bruges after eleven minutes, but Peeters quickly equalized. A strong Ghent side pushed on and before half an hour had been played, David had made the score 3-1 with two gems. And after the break, there were more opportunities to increase the score, but nothing came of them. On the contrary, in injury time, a deviated free kick from Peeters made it 3-2, but the visitors didn't go any further than that.
Having won the home tie 2-1, KAA Gent's 1-1 draw in the away leg in Croatia was enough for the Buffalos to progress to the group stage of the UEFA Europa League. HNK Rijeka took the lead after half an hour through Puljic, but Plastun equalised with a screamer just two minutes later, giving the Belgians a vital away goal. The match was tense until the final whistle, but neither side could find the back of the net again, meaning Gent's European adventure continues.