KAA Gent strengthened their second spot in the table with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Sint-Truiden. The visitors were already two down after fifteen minutes, through a penalty from David and a great header from Kvilitaia. The home side continued to attack, and with 26 minutes on the clock David scored again. The striker completed his hat trick in the 63rd minute, and from that point a home win was never in any doubt, even when Suzuki pulled one back with a lovely strike.
In the first leg of the UEFA Europa League's Round of 32, the Buffalos went down to a narrow 1-0 defeat away at AS Roma. Perez put the home side ahead after just 13 minutes, but Gent were just as good as their opponents for the rest of the half, and after the break were actually the better side. However, despite making a handful of chances, the Buffalos were unable to score, so go into the second leg with a one goal deficit.
The game between Eupen and Gent got off to a hectic start. David opened the scoring for the visitors with five minutes gone, before Prevljak equalised a minute later. In the 12th minute David was on target again, with his fifteenth of the season, but Eupen once more got back on level terms, this time through Milicevic's deflected free kick. After that the goals seemed to have dried up, with De Wolf pulling off some great saves. But in the closing stages the Buffalos did manage to find a winner—Castro-Montes' smashing header condemned his old club to defeat.
Gent's home match against RSC Anderlecht was an open affair. The visitors enjoyed the rub of the green in the 14th minute, when the ball deflected off Colassin over goalkeeper Kaminski into the net. But the Buffalos got back on level pegging just 14 minutes later, through David's spot kick. In the second half there were few chances, and Kaminski and his opposite number Van Crombrugge proved equal to anything that was thrown at them. So the game ended all square, with both sides picking up a point.
The Buffalos got off to a dream start away at YR KV Mechelen, with Bezus scoring from a free kick in the first minute. The rest of the first half was an enjoyable affair, though neither side got on the scoresheet. Shortly after half time, David made it 0-2 to the visitors, and from then on the result never looked in doubt. Substitute Niangbo rounded off Gent's good day at the office with a third goal, deep into injury time.
The ticket sales for KAA Gent - AS Roma (27/02 at 18:55) start online at 12:00 on Sunday 26/01 and at the ticket booths at 12:00 on Monday 27/01. If you are not a season ticket holder but would love to go to the match, read below how you can get tickets. AFTER THE PRIORITY SALES PERIOD, SEASON TICKET HOLDERS CAN BUY ONE MORE TICKET AT THE TICKET BOOTHS AT THE DISCOUNTED (SEASON TICKET HOLDERS') PRICE. PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BOUGHT CANNOT BE RETURNED AND EXCHANGED FOR TICKETS ELSEWHERE IN THE STADIUM. Ticket prices How does the open ticket sales work? The open ticket sales start online at 12:00 on Sunday 26/01 and at our ticket booths at 12:00 on Monday 27/01. Have you bought tickets in your name before 13/12/19? Then you are already registered in our system and you can buy tickets for KAA Gent - AS Roma online and at the ticket booths. Are you buying tickets from us for the first time? Unfortunately, as you are not registered in our system, you cannot buy tickets online, and must go to the ticket booths. The police have asked us to have unregistered supporters fill in the form below and bring it to the ticket booths, in order to stop AS Roma supporters from getting seats in the home stands. Fill in form here Online sales ONLY SUPPORTERS REGISTERED BEFORE 13/12/19 From Sunday 26/01 at 12:00 People who are registered (see above) can buy one ticket per person online. At non-season ticket holder prices (please note: season ticket holders can buy a ticket online, but only for the full price. We will NOT pay back the difference at the ticket booths later on). Ticket booth sales From Monday 27/01 at 12:00 If you want to buy tickets from our ticket booths, we ask you to bring ID with you (and those of the other people you wish to buy tickets for, where applicable), or the necessary details (name, date of birth, national identification number and address). SUPPORTERS REGISTERED BEFORE 13/12/19 Supporters registered before 13/12/19 can buy one ticket. At the ticket booth, one person can buy up to four tickets, if the four people live at the same address. Season ticket holders (for the league or Europe League) pay the season ticket price for their first ticket (on presentation of their season ticket); non-season ticket holders pay the full price. NON-REGISTERED SUPPORTERS Each supporter can buy one ticket. Each person can buy a maximum of four tickets if the four people live at the same address. This is only permitted once the form has been signed (see red button). KAA Gent is doing this to ensure that no Roma fans get into our stands. These supporters (by definition, non-season ticket holders) pay the full ticket prices. Opening hours of the ticket booths MONDAY to FRIDAY: from 12:00 to 18:00 SATURDAY: open between 10:00 and 13:00 (at weekends when there is a home match). SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (MATCH DAYS): Ticket booths open five hours before kick off. THURSDAY 27/02: match day: closed. Ticket prices T1: Season ticket holders: €75 ⎮ Non-season ticket holders: €85 T2: Season ticket holders: €35 ⎮ Non-season ticket holders: €40 T3: Season ticket holders: €75 ⎮ Non-season ticket holders: €85 T4: Season ticket holders: €35 ⎮ Non-season ticket holders: €40
Gent made a stonger start to the game, but when Genk carved out their first chance, Bongonda put the reigning champions in front. Yet the home side were not put off their stride, and created a series of opportunities. Firstly, Kums' beautiful volley was ruled out, but then on the stroke of half time Mohammadi got the deserved equaliser. The Buffalos continued to boss the game after the break, with Bezus making it 2-1, before lovely late strikes from Odjidja and debutant Niangbo sealed a spectacular win.
The Buffalos got off to a flying start against R Excel Mouscron in their first league match of 2020, with Depoitre scoring with just 9 minutes on the clock. After this, however, the visitors got more into the game, and early in the second half Osabutey made it all square. But then Gent found an extra gear, and David scored twice in four minutes to secure a 3-1 victory for the home side.
Playing away at R Standard de Liège, Gent had the lion's share of possession, but the first chances fell to the Rouches. As the first half drew to a close, Depoitre and Yaremchuk came close to getting an opening goal, but neither were able to score. After half time there were few good chances, until, with ten minutes left, Kums scored with a screamer into the top right corner. Standard could not find their way back into the game, so the Buffalos celebrated the end of 2019 with an important away win.
The top game of Matchday 20 between KAA Gent and league leaders Club Brugge ended in a 1-1 draw. Mignolet was the busier of the two keepers in an intense first half, but the Buffalos could not find the back of the net. Then, after half time, it was the visitors who went ahead through a header from Dennis—their first effort on target. Gent fought back and got a deserved equalizer through Odjidja, and almost won it when Kums' volley struck the bar. But there were to be no more goals, so the game ended all square.
The Buffalos dominated the first half hour of the game away at KV Oostende, and Depoitre put them into a deserved lead. Out of nowhere, Oostende got back on level terms through Hjulsager. After the break, Vargas headed the home side in front. The Buffalos then searched hard for an equaliser, and made plenty of opportunities, but were foiled by a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping from Ondoa. So the game ended 2-1, leaving Gent ruing their missed chances to pick up at least a point.
In their final group match in the UEFA Europa League, the Buffalos retained top spot in Group I. Depoitre scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, both thanks to assists from Bezus. Gent pressed further before the break, but could not add to their tally. Olexandriya were the stronger side after half time. Miroshnichenko pulled one back, and the visitors made more chances, but the Buffalos held firm. So Gent finish top of the group, with an impressive 12 points out of a possible 18, and are through to the last 32.
The Buffalos got off to a flyer against SV Zulte Waregem, with Bezus scoring a screamer with just two minutes gone. Gent then continued to cut through the opposition's defence, and Yaremchuk hit the back of the net twice, but both goals were ruled out for offside. For Yaremchuk it proved to be third time lucky, as his goal from Odjidja's assist did stand. Larin thought he had pulled one back for the visitors, but this was also adjudged offside. There were more chances after the break, with substitute Mbayo hitting the post, but no goals. So Gent celebrate yet another home triumph, and remain in the top three.
On Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League, the Buffalos put in a solid performance away at Saint-Etienne. In the first half, Ngadeu missed the goal by a whisker, before Bouanga struck the bar for the Frenchmen. Saint-Etienne needed to win the game, but barely threatened Kaminski in the second half, even when Ngadeu was sent off for a second yellow with fifteen minutes to go. So the game ended 0-0, with the point securing Gent's qualification for the last 32!
At the Bosuil, Yaremchuk opened the scoring after a smart counter-attack, but Mbokani equalised soon afterwards. Then Antwerp won a contested penalty, which Refaelov duly converted. Mbokani headed in his second of the night shortly after half time, and then it looked like Antwerp had all three points in the bag. David's goal in injury time meant a tense final few minutes, but Gent were unable to find a third. Despite the defeat, the Buffalos remain second in the league.