MATCH REPORTAA Gent and Anderlecht shared the points after a mediocre top match. Both goals came before the break. Matisse Samoise gave the Buffaloes the lead, Kasper Dolberg equalized from the spot.
AA Gent, with Orban on the bench, started energetically. The ball moved around smoothly and on the left Archie Brown was able to push through again and again. The home team was dominant without really creating opportunities. Tissoudali got into a shooting position but the ball was never right in front of his foot. Anderlecht placed a medium-low block and waited. AA Gent took the well-deserved lead when a shot from Samoise – with his left – deviated from Delaney and fluttered over Schmeichel into the goal. But it is a season in which the gods favor Anderlecht. Without being well into the match, the Purple & White tied the score as the game progressed. Dolberg converted a penalty after a foul in the box by Watanabe.
Same game pattern after halftime. AA Gent camped in Anderlecht’s half, which could barely escape the entrapment. Samoise got the hang of it and tried again from a distance; Schmeichel saved with his fists. The spectators became increasingly annoyed with ref Vergoote.
Anderlecht had difficulty with the pressing, Thorgan Hazard was not in the match up front. After an hour Leoni came. Orban arrived twenty minutes before the end. Ghent lacked the finesse to demolish the wall. Anderlecht didn’t want to, AA Gent couldn’t. The television viewer will have found this boring.
Brown: “All teams can beat it, it’s a shame it doesn’t work out”
The disappointment could still be read on Archie Brown’s face after the match. “I play football to win and today I couldn’t do that. So I cannot be satisfied here,” said the Ghent defender. “We were in control the entire match and created so many chances. We can beat all teams, above and below us. Then it’s a shame that we can’t do that today.”
Rits: “Despite little possession of the ball, not much was given away”
Delaney: “Lacks personality on the ball”
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End of second half
Kums hits the outside of his foot, but the ball zooms just wide.
Watanabe chokes on the ball and Vazquez is able to run with it. His shot doesn’t seem to make any sense.
Anders Dreyer is replaced by Benito Raman
Also fresh blood in the striker at Anderlecht. Benito Raman comes in against his ex-club.
Kasper Dolberg is replaced by Luis Vázquez
Hong Hyun-seok is replaced by Pieter Gerkens
Tarik Tissoudali is replaced by Malick Fofana
Easy ball for Schmeichel
Ghent is in charge, but the Buffaloes have difficulty getting to Anderlecht’s goal. Tissoudali hits Schmeichel harmlessly from far away.
Hugo Cuypers is replaced by Gift Emmanuel Orban
Yellow card for Kasper Dolberg
Mario Stroeykens is replaced by Théo Leoni
Fresh blood in midfield at Anderlecht.
Not De Sart
Tissoudali plays the ball too hard to De Sart, who can only cross. Corner kick, but there is no danger from that.
Ghent is clearly the better team at this stage of the match, but the second goal is not forthcoming.
Yellow card for Tarik Tissoudali
Samoise again with the left
Samoise is able to strike again with his left hand, Schmeichel handles the blow.
Brown finds no companion
Hong with a nice ball inside to Brown, but his hard cross does not find a Ghent foot.
Hazard with a shot from outside the box, but Roef takes it.
Second half kicked off
End of first half
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