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Gent suffer avoidable defeat in Belgrade

On Matchday 3 of the UEFA Europa League group stage, the Buffalos went behind after just 12 minutes to a great strike from Kanga, before equalising shortly after the half-hour mark through a deflected effort from Odjidja. Gent pressed in the second half, but fell behind once more when Katai's free kick went in off the post. Though the visitors created enough chances to draw level, their finishing let them down. So Crvena zvezdsa (Red Star) held on, and the Buffalos were left rueing their failure to get anything from the game.


Hat-trick hero Yaremchuk steers Gent to easy win at Waasland-Beveren

Away at Waasland-Beveren, a rejigged Gent side took the match firmly in their grasp. After the opening goal from Dorsch, Yaremchuk stole the show with a flawless hat trick within barely 15 minutes, meaning the home side were already resigned to defeat before half time. In the second half, Gent took their foot off the gas, but aside from a consolation goal from Sinani, Waasland-Beveren posed no danger and the result was never in doubt.


Gent no match for strong Hoffenheim

Gent's Europa League match against TSG Hoffenheim began evenly and after 14 minutes Yaremchuk had a chance to put them ahead from the spot, but he missed. Then it was the visitors' turn for a penalty after a handball, which Belfodil duly converted. Hoffenheim retained the upper hand after the break, with Grillitsch making it 2-0. Roef showed his worth with several great saves, but he was powerless to stop Gacinovic's strike into the top left corner for Hoffenheim's third. Then Mohammadi struck the post before Kleindienst finally got the Buffalos on the scoresheet in injury time. Yet the German side still had time to make it four, courtesy of Dabbur.


Gent lose to Genk despite dominance

The Buffalos started strongly against Genk and their attacking play was rewarded halfway through the first half when Castro-Montes put them 1-0 up with a great strike. Genk were barely in it, but equalised with their first chance of the match through Bongonda. Gent continued to dominate after half time, but could not find a second goal, and things got even worse for them when Hrosovsky's speculative shot from distance went in. Odjidja came close to making it all square when he struck the bar, but Genk were destined for the win, leaving the Buffalos scratching their heads about how they had failed to pick up even a point.


Gent begin group stage with defeat in Liberec

On matchday 1 of the UEFA Europa League group stage, away at Slovan Liberec, the Buffalos failed to capitalise on their strong start to the game. The home side made few chances, but still went into half time a goal to the good, thanks to a great strike from Yusuf. Gent continued to be on top in the second half, enjoying 70% possession and creating chances, but could not find the equaliser, and so returned home from Czechia with nothing to show for their efforts.


KAA Gent suffer heavy defeat away at Cercle Brugge

Cercle Brugge took an early lead at home to the Buffalos through Kanouté, before debutant Hanche-Olsen headed in the equaliser. After a penalty from Hotic and a goal from Ugbo the home side seemed to be heading for victory, but then Yaremchuk pulled it back to 3-2 from the spot. Yet Cercle were in no mood to drop points, and further goals from Ugbo and a Marcelin header made the final score an emphatic 5-2.


Hao Wang: first Chinese player at KAA Gent

Every day, the Buffalo Talent Center is busy training and guiding the next generation of footballers. The arrival of Hao Wang is a first for us. For the first time in the club's history, a Chinese player joins KAA Gent.  Wang arrived in Belgium last season and joined the Buffalo Talent Center where he trains with the U21. He is a 19-year-old versatile midfielder, with a few caps to his name for the Chinese youth teams. He played several times for the U17 and U19. After playing football in China from an early age, Wang arrived in Europe at the age of 15 as part of a school exchange programme in France. He soon joined the U17 of Vannes Olympique Club and distinguished himself at a tournament in Qatar in 2017. He continued his evolution and was welcomed by Olympique Lyonnais in 2019 for a training period of several months at the U19 before joining KAA Gent in early 2020. Determined to make progress, he facilitated his adaptation and progress thanks to his command of French and English. Hao Wang about his period at KAA Gent: "I'm doing well, and I'm very happy, I get on well with everyone here. The training sessions with my teammates help me to make progress every day. Although Covid-19 prevented us from finishing last season, I have been training hard with the team since June to make the best out of this season". We wish Hao the best of luck with the U21!


Gent romp to 5-1 win against Beerschot VA

On matchday eight of the Jupiler Pro League, the Buffalos enjoyed an emphatic 5-1 win against Beerschot VA. They were already two goals to the good after 15 minutes, thanks to two cracking strikes from Yaremchuk, before Depoitre made it three in the 29th minute. Gent's dominance continued after the break, with Depoitre getting his brace at the end of a lovely move, before substitute Samoise's volley made it 5-0. Coulibaly's last-minute consolation goal for the visitors could not take the shine off a great win for the Buffalos.


KAA Gent into Europa League after defeat in Kyiv

In the second leg away at Dynamo Kyiv, the Buffalos failed to overturn the 2-1 deficit from first leg and so have not made it into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Buyalskiy put the home side in front with a backheel after just 9 minutes. Gent missed several chances to equalise and then, just before half time, De Pena doubled Kyiv's lead from the spot. In the 49th minute, Rodrigues put the game and the tie completely beyond doubt when he converted a softly given penalty. Nevertheless, Gent's heads never dropped and they continued to make chances, but Bushchan pulled off a number of saves to stop them scoring a deserved consolation. So Dynamo Kyiv go further in the Champions League, while Gent continue their European adventure in the UEFA Europa League group stage.