AA Gent missed the chance to settle in the top four. Due to a stupid red card from Okumu, the Buffalos lost their grip and eventually went into the boat at Charleroi (2-1).
Charleroi has put an end to the record series of AA Gent. After thirteen away matches without defeat – a club record – Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s team got on the bus empty-handed for the first time. And Ghent had completely to blame for that. In barely two minutes it smashed its own windows.
A quick win seemed in the making, however. AA Gent – without the injured Hjulsager and with Odjidja on the bench – took the lead halfway through the first half with the first real chance of the match. Samoise sent a sharp cross to the far post, where Hong nodded his head in his second of the season: 0-1. The Zebras reacted briefly with a shot from Ilaimaharitra, but Roef made the save.
Offensively, however, the Zebras were little. After the defeat against Club Brugge, Charleroi coach Edward Still chose a midfielder (Ilaimaharitra) over an attacker (Benbouali). Also missing: an injured goalkeeper Koffi, so that the French goalkeeper Pierre Patron made his debut. Patron was not exactly boss in his sixteen, because Ghent should have made 0-2 before half an hour, again via the wings. Castro-Montes cut in, brought in but the approaching Samoise aimed at the crossbar. Cuypers was unable to take advantage in the rebound.
Non-evening for Cuypers and Depoitre
In the front, Depoitre and Cuypers really didn’t have their day. Despite all their efforts, actions hardly succeeded, choices were wrong and duels were lost. There is no real connection between the two, such as Depoitre had with Tissoudali. Yet Vanhaezebrouck did not have to worry. In the back it seemed to be solid again, with a strong Torunarigha in particular. Suddenly, however, the lights went out with his two fellow mates. First, Ngadeu sent a long ball through the shaft into the wrong feet. The switchover went as quickly as it was efficient: Morioka was able to head in the 1-1 uncovered. A few seconds later, Ghent was ten. In a duel, Okumu was firmly poked in the back by Mbenza and the Kenyan could not bear that. He pushed Mbenza back, with both hands, on the neck. For the attacker of Charleroi a reason to go to the ground with the necessary noise, for referee D’Hondt to draw red. stupid. It forced Ghent to play more than a half with four in the back.
Zorgane delivers verdict
The question was how long the Buffalos would survive that minority. Roef’s sixteen was attacked more than before the break, but there was hardly any great danger from the home team initially. Since the departure of Bayo and Zaroury, trainer Still continues to look for the right formula in the front. Moreover, Ghent worked hard, with a special mention for Hong. We would have loved to see his running stats because as the South Korean kept on sprinting, it bordered on the unbelievable.
The inevitable happened anyway. When Kayembe – boss all evening over Depoitre – pushed through and sent Tchatchoua to the back line, a retray followed that passed everything and everyone. Except for the incoming Zorgane: 2-1.
Despite the input of Lemajic, Odjidja and Hanche-Olsen, there was no question of a final offensive. Gent loses stupid points and sees Charleroi flip over in the standings.
Charleroi line-up: cartridge; Bager, Andreou, Kayembe (89′ Bessile); Nkuba (71′ Benbouali), Ilaimaharitra (63′ Gholizadeh), Zorgane, Tchatchoua; Morioka (89′ Hosseinzadeh) ; Heymans (89′ Marcq), Mbenza
Line-up AA Ghent: deck; Okumu, Ngadeu, Torunarigha; Samoise (81′ Hanche-Olsen), Kums, Marreh (81′ Odjidja), Castro-Montes; Hong; Cuypers (68′ Hauge), Depoitre (81′ Lemajic)
Goals: 22′ Hong 0-1, 37′ Morioka 1-1, 73′ Zorgane 2-1
Yellow cards: Nkuba, Heymans
Red cards: okumu
Referee: Lothar D’Hondt