On Matchday 1 of the Europe Play-Offs, there were few chances in the first half until Storm scored for Mechelen following a lucky deflection. A few minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead when Druijf rounded off a quick counterattack. After the break, the Buffalos came out fighting and had brought it back to 2-2 by the 49th minute, thanks to goals from Yaremchuk and Odjidja. Gent came close to finding a winner on a few occasions but it was not to be, so the game ended all square KAA GENT TEAM YR KV MECHELEN 18 SHOTS (incl. blocked shots) 14 6 SHOTS ON TARGET 6 54,3% DUELS WON 45,7% 82,1% PASS ACCURACY 81,9% 51,7% BALL POSSESSION 48,3%
Gent had to win away at SV Zulte Waregem to get into the Play-Offs, and they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Castro-Montes opened the scoring and Yaremchuk doubled their lead on the half hour. Just after half time, Castro-Montes smashed in his second of the night, before Ngadeu scored with a great header to make it four and Odjidja made it 5-0 from the spot. Substitute De Bruyn also got onto the scoresheet, and Yaremchuk finished off the rout. Late strikes from Bruno and Pletinckx gave the home side a semblance of dignity, but the outcome was never in doubt: the Buffalos had three points and a place in the European Play-Offs in the bag. SV ZULTE WAREGEM TEAM KAA GENT 6 SHOTS 14 4 SHOTS ON TARGET 7 67,1% SHOT ACCURACY 50,0% 0,51 EXPECTED GOALS 3,09 1 BIG CHANCES 5 46,2% POSSESSION 53,8% 430 PASSES 513 84,2% PASS ACCURACY 84,4%
The Buffalos remain in with a shout of reaching Play-Off 2 after a comfortable 4-0 victory over R Charleroi SC. They got off to a dream start with two goals in the first eight minutes from Bezus, the second of which came from the spot, and they dominated the rest of the half. Though Charleroi came out fighting after the break, once Tissoudali had curled a brilliant strike into the top corner, the result was beyond doubt. Gent's fourth and final goal came from debutant De Bruyn, on a substitute after a long period out injured. KAA GENT TEAM SPORTING CHARLEROI 8 SHOTS ON TARGET 2 47,1% SHOT ACCURACY 22,2% 2,75 EXPECTED GOALS 1,04 3 BIG CHANCES 1 56,3% BALL POSSESSION 43,7% 522 PASSES 402 82,6% PASS ACCURACY 76,6%
It looked like Standard and Gent would be going into half time at 0-0 after Lestienne and Kums had both hit the woodwork and Yaremchuk had missed a penalty. But in the 43rd minute the Buffalos were awarded another spot kick, which Castro-Montes slotted home on the rebound. After Muleka levelled after the break, Gent had several chances to regain the lead on the counter attack, but could not find the net. Standard made them pay in the 77th minute when Balikwisha scored what proved to be the winning goal.
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With so few chances created in the first 45 minutes, it was little surprise that Gent and Cercle Brugge went into the break at 0-0. The Buffalos looked better after three half-time substitutions, but it was the visitors who had the best chance, when Hoggas struck the post. Gent had a great opportunity to go in front ten minutes before time, after a foul on Fortuna in the box. Though Castro-Montes saw his penalty saved, he scored from the rebound to secure the Buffalos a valuable 1-0 win, moving them up to 9th in the table.
The Buffalos had the best of the first half against league leaders Club Brugge but could not get their noses in front. They were made to pay in the second half, with the visitors scoring three in a dazzling fifteen-minute spell—one from De Ketelaere and two from Dost—before Perez made it 4-0 in the 80th minute. While the margin of victory perhaps flattered the men from Bruges, they undeniably deserved the three points.
The Buffalos have been knocked out of the Croky Cup after a quarter-final defeat away at Eupen. In the first half, both teams had good chances to score, but were foiled by the respective keepers, Bolat and Defourny. Heris put Eupen 1-0 up shortly after the break, after which Gent had to chase the game. Odjidja came closest to getting an equaliser with a header against the bar. Bezus had a good effort in the dying stages, but was denied by Defourny's flying save. So Eupen go through to the semis, and the Buffalos have to wait until next season for another shot at cup glory.
The first half between Mechelen and Gent was an exciting affair. Yaremchuk opened the scoring after ten minutes, before Storm levelled five minutes later. Both sides had several more chances before the break, but neither could capitalise on them. Things became much more tepid after half time, with Thoelen and Bolat only having a couple of saves to make. So the game ended 1-1, with both sides picking up a point.
Yaremchuk came close to putting Gent into an early lead at home against R Excel Mouscron, but had to wait until the 28th minute to get on the scoresheet. The Buffalos then looked to increase their lead, but Kums struck the post and Koffi made a number of great stops. They finally got a second in the 70th minute, through substitute Tissoudali. In the closing stages, Yaremchuk chalked up two more goals, both from Odjidja assists. Thanks to this hat-trick, the striker's second of the season, Gent ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
In their home tie against R Charleroi SC in the last sixteen of the Croky Cup, the Buffalos could not have got off to a worse start, finding themselves behind in the first minute thanks to a great strike from Nicholson. Gent struggled to impose themselves for the rest of the half, but were an improved outfit after the break. Once Yaremchuk had made it 1-1 with fifteen minutes to go, the game turned on its head. Odjidja, on as a substitute, put the Buffalos in front, before Berahino's own goal five minutes before time assured the boys from Ghent of a quarter-final spot.
Gent went behind early on against KAS Eupen to a Prevljak strike, although it should have been adjudged offside. By the half hour mark, the Buffalos had completely turned the tables: new signing Bezus Tissoudali scoring twice in the box to round off some good attacking play. The home side were on top after half time, but it was Eupen who scored next, through Prevljak's spot kick. Then Tissoudali thought he had got his hat trick, but after several minutes of deliberation VAR ruled the goal out for offside, despite this not being visible from the replays. So the game ended 2-2, leaving the Buffalos feeling aggrieved at not having picked up three points.
The Buffalos have gone though to the next round of the Croky Cup. The amateurs from KFC Heur-Tongeren put up a brave fight, but Tissoudali marked his debut with the opening goal before Bezus' header doubled the home side's advantage. After half time, Samoise's nice finish put Gent three up, before Niangbo made it 4-0 in the 77th minute, and Mbayo completed the rout with an injury time spot kick.
In a tight first half, the Buffalos made the first chances, but it was Sint-Truiden who went ahead through Colidio's beautiful strike into the top corner. Gent struggled to create any openings, and it looked like their pressure in the final minutes would prove fruitless, until the 94th minute when Depoitre's shot deflected in off Schmidt to make it 1-1. So the game finished all square at the Ghelamco.
Away at OH Leuven, the Buffalos got off to a blistering start and were rewarded with an opening goal from Mohammadi. They came flying out of the blocks after half time too: Kums scored with a header in the 50th minute before Bukari netted four minutes later. Then Niangbo hit the post and Henry was sent off for the home side. There were no more goals in the game, so the three goals proved more than enough to earn Gent three points.