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.
Gent took an early lead at the Luminus Arena through a great header from Onuachu, the league's top scorer, but were then dealt a blow in the 12th minute when Cuesta was sent off. The Buffalos worked hard to capitalise on their one-man advantage, and levelled on the stroke of half time when Yaremchuk nodded in Kums' cross. In the second half, Genk held firm, and even had the chance to win the game from the spot, but Bongonda's penalty was saved by Bolat
The first half of the game against high-flying R Antwerp FC was a tight affair with no real chances created at either end. Things were different after the break. Gent had a penalty but Kums struck the post, and Beiranvand saved from Yaremchuk, Bukari and Depoitre. Antwerp proved much more ruthless in front of goal: their only shot on target, from Hongla, giving them a flattering 1-0 win.
Beerschot and Gent began 2021 with a 1-1 draw. Though the Buffalos took charge of possession, the first opportunities fell to the home side. Holzhauser's 8th-minute penalty was saved by Bolat, but then Beerschot went in front in the 23rd minute through Coulibaly. Gent deservedly equalised just before the break through Kums' decisive spot kick. After half time, the Buffalos were clearly on top in terms of possession and chances, but Vanhamel made some smart stops, and Bukari saw a goal chalked out for offside. So despite Gent pressure the second goal never came, meaning the match ended all square.
Away at KV Kortrijk, Gent went down to 10 men in the first half after Yaremchuk was sent off for a push. Despite this, the Buffalos were the better side before the break and came closest to scoring through Bukari's strike from distance. Early in the second half Selemani put Kortrijk in front, before Makarenko's swirling effort from a rebound struck the bar. A determined Gent side then fought back. Mohammadi hit a great shot but Ilic tipped it onto the bar and Bukari headed the rebound over. Bukari again, Bezus, Kleindienst and Depoitre all had big chances but the Buffalos could simply not find an equaliser, so when the final whistle blew Kortrijk could celebrate a flattering three points.
The first half of the Buffalos' clash at top-of-the-table Club Brugge was a cagey affaire. Yaremchuk had the best chance, but he was denied by Mignolet. Brugge turned up the pressure, but Gent's defence stood firm. Then Yaremchuk went close again when he headed a cross against the bar, before Mohammadi jinked into the box in the 68th minute and found Castro-Montes at the far post, who forced Ricca into scoring an own goal. Brugge pressed for an equaliser, but could not get past Bolat, so the Buffalos held on for their third win on the bounce.
Gent's home tie against Waasland-Beveren produced many chances in an enjoyable first half. First the visitors hit the bar, and then Bukari struck the frame of the goal twice, but Castro-Montes' great strike did go in, giving the Buffalos a deserved lead at half time. Gent, who played full of desire, went further ahead in the 53rd minute through Yaremchuk before Bukari's measured effort from distance in injury time put the icing on the cake.
The Buffalos got off to a disastrous start against R Standard de Liège, when a corner deflected off Ngadeu into his own net with just two minutes gone. Gent gradually got over this early shock, and Fortuna made it 1-1 just before the half-hour mark. In the second half, the Buffalos showed a lot of determination and were deservedly on top. Bodart was on good form and pulled off several good saves, but was finally beaten again in the 85th minute by Yaremchuk's lovely chip. At the final whistle, Gent's relief in picking up the three points was palpable.
Playing away at TSG Hoffenheim, the Buffalos were unlucky to go behind when Owusu headed against Beier and the ball rebounded into the net. Five minutes later, Skov doubled the home side's advantage. Bukari and Kleindienst both had opportunities to pull one back but neither could find the net. Beier scored a beauty early in the second half to make it 3-0, and fifteen minutes later he turned provider for substitute Kramaric to make it four. Gent at least got on the scoresheet through Fortuna's great volley, but it was a disappointing end to their Europa League campaign.