The East Flanders derby between Gent and Lokeren started off slowly, and none of the few first-half chances were taken. After half time, Gent began to exert their dominance, but it was Cevallos who opened the scoring after a defensive error. However, the Buffalos came back fighting. Firstly De Wolf and the post stopped them getting back on level terms, but then David headed in the equaliser. And the best was yet to come, when debutant Kvilitaia scored with his first touch to make it 2-1, giving Gent all three points.
Following the loan agreement with Taiwo Awoniyi, KAA Gent and Liverpool now also closed a loan deal for the 18 years old Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo Cordoba (°27th September 1999). Cordoba can be used as a right or left back. Last season he was loaned to Real Mallorca. Important to know: Liverpool FC were very impressed by the training center facilities and the professional coaching of Taiwo Awoniyi. As soon as Liverpool knew that KAA Gent were looking for an extra defender they proposed Anderson Arroyo Cordoba. So KAA Gent would like to thank Liverpool FC for the confidence in our club and we hope to continue the collaboration in the future!
In the first match of the UEFA Europe League Play-Off, KAA Gent drew 0-0 against Girondins de Bordeaux. Chances were few and far between in the Ghelamco Arena before half time, but in the second half Ghent upped the pace and there were plenty of chances to win the game. The ball would not go in the net though and the result stayed 0-0.
KAA Gent sealed its second competition win of the season at KAS Eupen. Toyokawa gave the home team the lead early on in the match, but Odjidja' super strike and Rosted's on-target header quickly reversed the situation. In the final fifteen minutes it all seemed to go wrong when Odjidja received his second yellow card and Garcia scored a lucky equaliser. But in the dying minutes VAR awarded Gent a penalty and Verstraete converted it to take home all the points.
KAA Gent are through to the Play-Off round of the UEFA Europa League after overcoming Polish side Jagiellonia Bialystok. After winning the first leg 1-0, Awoniyi doubled Gent's margin in the first half. After the break, Pospisil equalised to bring tension back into the tie, but then substitute Yaremchuk scored a screamer for the home side, and David, also a substitute, ensured qualification by making it 3-1.
KAA Gent rounded off matchday three with an emphatic home win against Waasland-Beveren. Before the break there were chances galore, but only Yaremchuk could finish one off. After half-time Verstraete doubled Gent's lead from the spot, before Vukotic headed in to get one back for the away team in the closing minutes. However, the Gent steamroller could not be stopped, with substitute David netting twice to make the final score 4-1.
In the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League,KAA Gent's 1-0 away win puts them in an excellent position for the home leg in Gent. The game was tight in the first half, but opened up after half time. In the closing stages, substitute Jonathan David got the ball past the keeper at the second attempt, so giving Gent the crucial away goal.
In a first half of few chances, neither team got on the scoresheet. After the break, Bossut saved a penalty from Kubo, but then the visitors broke the deadlock when Derijck capitalised on a rare scoring chance to head home. The away side looked to be going back with all three points until the 95th minute, when substitute Jonathan David, on his debut, knocked in a deserved equaliser. 1-1 was the final score, so the spoils were shared.
The opening game of the 2018-2019 season started off well for Standard, when they took an early lead via Djenepo. Yaremchuk, however, scored an equalizer for Ghent, who then applied most of the pressure in the second half. Standard were awarded a penalty kick despite the move looking offside, allowing Mpoku to put the home team in the lead. When Emond was lucky enough to make it 3-1, the match seemed over, but substitute Limbombe struck a spectacular goal to still offer hope. The final Ghent offensive however couldn’t deliver the hoped-for equalizer. Translated by Blue Lines
In a summery gala match the Buffalos took on French side Strasbourg. In the first half, in which players were affected by the heat, the Buffalos took control of the match. Chakvetadze provided the technical wizardry, Yaremchuk and Limbombe created the chances in the first half. An entirely new team at the start of the second half provided more of a cutting edge to the game. Beridze, Mostafa and Andrijasevic created Ghent's chances and five minutes before the final whistle Andrijasevic converted a penalty to make it 1-0. Translated by Blue Lines
The KAA Gent Foundation presents some remarkable numbers about the athletic and social cooperation between the 15 football clubs in Gent. Three years of Elk Talent Telt (Every Talent Counts) provided more opportunities for young football players, more education for trainers and board members and a healthier football environment. Movie ENG subtitles: Movie Dutch subtitles:
On the last day of the season, KAA Gent ensured they will be playing European football next season. The Buffalos crowned a good first half with a lovely goal from Kubo. In the second half, Brugge applied a lot of pressure but Gent held firm, while at the other end Andrijasevic and Kubo had good chances but were denied by Horvath and the bar. Gent came away with the victory, so holding off Genk in the battle for fourth—making sure of a place in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League!
Away at KRC Genk, Kubo opened the scoring after 15 minutes, following an assist from Chakvetadze. A well-organised Gent had the match under control for a long time, until midway through the second half when Samatta netted an equaliser out of the blue. In the final minutes both Rosted and Dejaegere picked up second yellow cards, but the nine-men Buffalos held on for a valuable point, taking them to fourth in the league.
With so few chances in the first half, the visitors got ahead with a lucky shot from an intercepted cross from Rezaei. Gent looked for the equalizer after half time, but it was only in the last moments that their chances appeared. The pole, a super save by Penneteau and a save on the line all prevented the Buffalos from picking up three – or even a single – point.
Soon in the important game against R Standard de Liège, Gent was denied a penalty that it should've gotten because of a clear pulling faul against Gigot. Right before the break, however, the Buffaloes took the lead through a header from Janga. In the second half, Standard first levelled and then took the lead through goals by Cimirot and Edmilsion. Janga scored again and levelled for the Buffaloes, but the goal was disallowed for unclear reasons after the ref consulted the VAR. Later, the VAR gave Gent a penalty for a hand ball, but Standard's keeper Ochoa stopped Yaremchuk's penalty kick. At the end, a counter attack by Standard resulted in a third goal for the visitors (1-3), leaving the Buffaloes with a very sour and debatable loss