A confident Excel Mouscron surprised the Buffalos in the first half, forcing Kaminski to pull off a number of good saves. Then Gent hit back, but were unable to get the ball past Butez, and just before half time Awoniyi headed in for the visitors. Six minutes into the second half, Friede doubled Mouscron's lead from a deflected cross. Then, with an hour on the clock, Bronn scored a penalty to make it 2-1, and the Buffalos turned up the pressure. Benson was lucky not to get sent off for the visitors, but then they were reduced to ten men when Bakic was dismissed. However, Sorloth's header against the bar was the closest Gent got to an equaliser.
In the return match of the semi-finals of the Croky Cup, KV Oostende seemed to have already reserved their place in the final following a well-deserved 2-0 lead at half-time. In the second half however, Ghent dominated, but Dutoit did what was necessary to keep his goal intact. The game seemed over for the Buffalos, but Sorloth gave them hope when he scored in the 84th minute, and then Bezus got the equalizer in the 1st minute of added time. Ostend seemed to lose strength during the extra time period, but Dutoit was solid. During the penalty shoot out, it was Kaminski who turned out to be the hero of the evening by stopping no less than three of the six penalty shots taken by Ostend. But it was Bezus who scored the decisive goal and sent the Buffalo supporters into ecstasy! On May 1st, KAA Ghent will meet KV Mechelen in the final of the Croky Cup!
Away at KV Kortrijk, David got the Buffalos off to a dream start by getting on the end of a Dompé cross, but with just fifteen minutes gone Ouali equalised for the home side. Bruzzese and the post stopped Dompé and David from scoring before half time, but after the break it was Kortrijk who came out stronger. Yet Gent emerged from the game with a 2-1 win, thanks a delicious strike from De Smet into the top right hand corner.
In a crazy semi-final first leg of the Croky Cup, the Buffalos salvaged a 2-2 draw against KV Oostende. Yaremchuk opened the scoring in the first half, but De Sutter quickly equalised. When Plastun was shown a red card after half an hour, it looked like the match would completely turn in Oostende's favour, but Gent held firm. With less than an hour on the clock, the home side went down to nine men when Rosted got his marching orders, but Nkaka was sent off for the visitors soon afterwards. Then a beautiful strike from Bronn looked to have given Gent the victory, but De Bock levelled for Oostende, making the final score 2-2.
The Buffalos got the new year off to a good start with a deserved 1-0 win over RSC Anderlecht. In the first half there were chances at both ends, but it was Anderlecht's Didillon who was the busier of the two keepers. Gent kept up the pressure in the second half and finally made the breakthrough with fifteen minutes remaining, when Sorloth headed in a cross from Yaremchuk. Anderlecht ended the game with ten men after Amuzu's dismissal.
During the visit to Pro League leaders KRC Genk, the Buffalos started strongly and took a deserved lead through a wonder goal by Bronn, a shot straight into the top left corner. Ghent continued to dominate, but Genk equalised when Samatta scored after a misunderstanding. Early in the second half, Dewaest took the home team ahead and it was an uphill struggle for Ghent. After Rosted was sent off, Heynen made the final score 3-1.
KAA Gent enjoyed a handsome victory over Cercle Brugge. A dominant and inspired Gent created a hatful of chances in the first half and it was amazing that they only scored twice, through Dejaegere and Rosted. The Buffalos kept pressing after half-time, with Odjidja setting up David to make it 3-0, before Odjidja put the icing on the cake with a fantastic strike into the top left corner. Gakpé got one back for the men from Bruges with five minutes left, making it 4-1, but this could not take the gloss off an excellent Gent performance.
KAA Gent are through to the Croky Cup semi-finals at the expense of Sint-Truidense VV. The Buffalos dominated the first half and Dompé made this dominance pay off with a beautiful free kick. Gent remained on top in the second half, with Yaremchuk heading in a cross from Dompé for number two, before Dompé himself rounded off an excellent performance against his former club with a screamer just inside the far post. Boli's last-minute consolation made it 1-3, but it was too little, too late, and Gent marched on into the semis.
The Buffalos had the lion's share of possession against a very defensive Charleroi, but created few chances. After the break, Penneteau made a number of saves to keep the home side on level terms. Then, in the closing stages, Gent were hit by a sucker punch when Osimhen finished off a quick counter-attack. Bruno compounded the blow in injury time by making it 2-0, which was the final score.
Rosted opened the scoring against KAS Eupen after just twelve minutes with a great strike. When Marreh was sent off just shy of the half-hour mark it looked like mission impossible for the visitors, but Eupen showed spirit and made life hard for Gent after the break. However, Bronn's close-range effort with fifteen minutes left put the result beyond doubt. The game ended 2-0, meaning the Buffalos leapfrogged Standard and Charleroi to sixth place in the league.
KAA Gent enjoyed a simple passage through to the quarter finals of the Croky Cup. Beerschot Wilrijk could not get into their stride against a dominant home side, and Yaremchuk gave Gent a deserved lead. Just before half time, Rosted latched onto a through ball from Chakvetadze to double the Buffalos' lead. The game continued in a similar pattern after the break, with goalkeeper Vanhamel forced to make a number of saves. Noubissi received his marching orders for a second yellow, and in the dying moments Chakvetadze made it 3-0 with a beautiful effort into the left corner. So Gent went through to the last eight of the cup—for the fifteenth (!) season in a row.
In the East Flanders derby, Lokeren took an undeserved lead on the stroke of half time through a deflected shot from Marecek. Gent also missed chances after the break, and the home side actually went two up thanks to a goal from Terki. It looked like Lokeren were going to beat Gent for the first time since 2010, but their dreams were shattered in the dying minutes, when first Rosted and then Bronn hit the back of the net, making the final score 2-2.
In the big match against R Antwerp FC, Gent thought they had taken an early lead through a fantastic shot by Chakvetadze, but the VAR adjudged that the ball had not crossed the line. The even first half also finished with a referral to VAR, when a goal from Bolingi was disallowed for offside. Bolingi netted again just after the break, but once again the goal was disallowed after VAR ruled him offside. Then it was Gent that had the best chances, but Bolat was equal to them. The Buffalos earned a penalty in the last minute, again following a VAR referral, but Bolat kept the scoreline 0-0 by pushing Odjidja's spot kick against the post.
The 11th EFDN Congress was a huge success. Approx. 150 delegates from all over Europe met in Ghent for the 11th EFDN Conference “CSR in Football”.
Away at Anderlecht, KAA Gent went a goal down after only four minutes through a great free kick from Kums. When Verstraete was shown the red card after half an hour, after a decision referred to VAR, the game already looked lost for Gent. However, despite being down to ten men, the Buffalos showed character and created chances, though were not able to convert any of them. With fifteen minutes to go, Kums sealed victory for the home side with his second of the afternoon. Gent played the final minutes with nine men after Plastun was sent off.