Union came to the Ghelamco Arena aiming to regain top spot in the league, and quickly went ahead through Vanzeir. Gent then took the game by the scruff of the neck, and struck the woodwork no less than three times, including once from the penalty spot. Just before half time, Union also got a penalty, which Teuma scored to make it 2-0. In a flatter second half, the visitors set out to defend and the Buffalos were unable to find a way back into the game. The closest they came was through Castro-Montes, who struck the bar. So Union took home three points and returned to the top of the table.
The Buffalos found themselves 2-0 down against R Charleroi SC after just 12 minutes, with goals from Gholizadeh and Fall. But they fought back, with Castro-Montes getting on the scoresheet, before Gholizadeh was sent off for the visitors on the stroke of half time. Gent then equalised through Depoitre, and made a number of chances to edge in front, in particular through substitute Lemajic, whose two headers both required good saves from Koffi. But deep into injury time came the sucker punch, when Morioka's deflected goal earned the Zebras an undeserved three points.
The Buffalos got off to a flying start in the Battle of Flanders, and were two goals up after just 15 minutes thanks to Tissoudali's strike and De Sart's penalty. Fortuna made it 3-0 just before half time, and in the 61st minute Bezus put the game beyond doubt with a fine individual goal. Vanaken pulled one back for the visitors, but barely a minute later Tissoudali set up Depoitre for number five. An own goal from Mechele made the final score 6-1, to the delight of a rapturous Ghelamco Arena. What a result!
The Buffalos, trailing 1-0 to Poland's Rakow Czestochowa after the first leg, created a series of chances in the first half of the return leg, but could not get past the visitor's keeper Kovacevic until the stroke of half-time, when Tissoudali netted. Gent remained well on top in the second half, and scored further goals through Odjidja and De Sart. With their 3-0 victory on the night and 3-1 victory on aggregate, they ease into the group stage of the UEFA Europa Conference League.
In the first leg of the UEFA Conference League Play-Offs, the Buffalos enjoyed the better of the first half against a resolute Czestochowa, with Kovacevic preventing Tissoudali from opening the scoring. The home side's keeper was also called into action in the second half. Yet it was Czestochowa who took the lead, when their corner came off a defender and landed at Gutkovskis' feet. Tissoudali was close to equalising but Kovacevic tipped his shot onto the post, giving Czestochowa a flattering win. Gent still have the return leg to rescue the tie.
The Buffalos controlled the first half at home to YR KV Mechelen, and Ngadeu gave them a deserved lead in the 28th minute. Gent were even more fired up after half time, and created a number of chances, but could not find a second goal. So the outcome remained in doubt until injury time, when Fortuna rounded off a quick counter-attack to secure the home side their first victory in the league this season.
KAA Gent have gone through to the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round. Following a 2-2 draw with Latvia's RFS in the third qualifying round first leg, the Buffalos travelled to Riga for the return tie. The visitors dominated the first half, but De Sart's cross-shot against the bar was the closest they came to a goal. The domination continued after half time, with Cerniauskas called into action several times. Eventually, with 20 minutes remaining, Gent took a more than deserved lead, through Okumu's thumping header. And it stayed 1-0 until the final whistle, meaning the Buffalos head to the play-off round to face Poland's Rakow Czestochowa, who knocked out Russia's Rubin Kazan.
On Matchday 3, away at KV Oostende, the Buffalos enjoyed the majority of possession and made the most opportunities, but lacked ruthlessness in front of goal. The match looked to be heading for a scoreless draw, before Gueye headed the home side in front with just over 15 minutes to play. Gent forged chances to equalise but could not take them. So Oostende celebrated their first home triumph of the season, while the Buffalos remain without a win in the league.
In the third qualifying round of the UEFA Conference League, the Buffalos drew 2-2 with Latvia's RFS. Gent dominated the first half, and the visitors only had two goal-scoring opportunities, but netted both of them, courtesy of Lemajic and Simkovic. Gent started the second half at a higher pace and created a number of chances. They quickly pulled one back through a cracking Oyadole strike, before Tissoudali equalised with thirteen minutes remaining. Substitute Malede struck a post in injury time, but the game ended all square. The Buffalos travel to Latvia for the return leg next week.