The top game of Matchday 20 between KAA Gent and league leaders Club Brugge ended in a 1-1 draw. Mignolet was the busier of the two keepers in an intense first half, but the Buffalos could not find the back of the net. Then, after half time, it was the visitors who went ahead through a header from Dennis—their first effort on target. Gent fought back and got a deserved equalizer through Odjidja, and almost won it when Kums' volley struck the bar. But there were to be no more goals, so the game ended all square.
The Buffalos dominated the first half hour of the game away at KV Oostende, and Depoitre put them into a deserved lead. Out of nowhere, Oostende got back on level terms through Hjulsager. After the break, Vargas headed the home side in front. The Buffalos then searched hard for an equaliser, and made plenty of opportunities, but were foiled by a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Ondoa. So the game ended 2-1, leaving Gent ruing their missed chances to pick up at least a point.
In their final group match in the UEFA Europa League, the Buffalos retained top spot in Group I. Depoitre scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, both thanks to assists from Bezus. Gent pressed further before the break, but could not add to their tally. Olexandriya were the stronger side after half time. Miroshnichenko pulled one back, and the visitors made more chances, but the Buffalos held firm. So Gent finish top of the group, with an impressive 12 points out of a possible 18, and are through to the last 32.
The Buffalos got off to a flyer against SV Zulte Waregem, with Bezus scoring a screamer with just two minutes gone. Gent then continued to cut through the opposition's defence, and Yaremchuk hit the back of the net twice, but both goals were ruled out for offside. For Yaremchuk it proved to be third time lucky, as his goal from Odjidja's assist did stand. Larin thought he had pulled one back for the visitors, but this was also adjudged offside. There were more chances after the break, with substitute Mbayo hitting the post, but no goals. So Gent celebrate yet another home triumph, and remain in the top three.
On Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League, the Buffalos put in a solid performance away at Saint-Etienne. In the first half, Ngadeu missed the goal by a whisker, before Bouanga struck the bar for the Frenchmen. Saint-Etienne needed to win the game, but barely threatened Kaminski in the second half, even when Ngadeu was sent off for a second yellow with fifteen minutes to go. So the game ended 0-0, with the point securing Gent's qualification for the last 32!
At the Bosuil, Yaremchuk opened the scoring after a smart counter-attack, but Mbokani equalised soon afterwards. Then Antwerp won a contested penalty, which Refaelov duly converted. Mbokani headed in his second of the night shortly after half time, and then it looked like Antwerp had all three points in the bag. David's goal in injury time meant a tense final few minutes, but Gent were unable to find a third. Despite the defeat, the Buffalos remain second in the league.
Playing away at reigning champions KRC Genk, the Buffalos continued their great form of the past week. Depoitre put them ahead with just two minutes on the clock. The home side then created several chances, but Kaminski was equal to them. After half time, Gent came storming out of the traps, and David doubled their lead after 47 minutes. From that moment, Genk never looked like getting back in it. So following their win away at Wolfsburg in the Europa League, the Buffalos could celebrate their first triumph on the road in the JPL.
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.
The number of G supporters from KAA Gent has increased more than tenfold since moving to the Ghelamco Arena. At top matches we have 250 Buffalos with a disability or with limited mobility in the stadium. 10 years of working on accessibility is paying off. And yet there is still a lot of work to be done.
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.