KAA Gent loses to OH Leuven, Europe Play-offs suddenly exciting again

KAA Gent loses to OH Leuven, Europe Play-offs suddenly exciting again

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  • 11′ – Verv. Federico Ricca by Joël Schingtienne
  • 23′ – Goal – Mathieu Maertens (1 – 0)
  • 24′ – Yellow – Ismaël Kandouss
  • 25′ – Doelpunt – Matias Fernandez (1 – 1)
  • 37′ – Goal – Mathieu Maertens (2 – 1)
  • 45+3′ – Yellow – Mathieu Maertens
  • 52′ – Geel – Jordan Torunarigha
  • 69′ – Verv. Youssef Maziz by Kento Misao
  • 69′ – Cont. Mathieu Maertens by Jonatan Braut Brunes
  • 70′ – Cont. Archie Brown by Pieter Gerkens
  • 81′ – Cont. Julien De Sart by Sven Kums
  • 81′ – Verv. Tarik Tissoudali by Franck Surdez
  • 87′ – Verv. Jón Dagur Thorsteinsson door Nachon Nsingi
  • 87′ – Verv. Franco Russo door Florian Miguel
  • 90+2′ – Geel – Takahiro Akimoto
  • 90+3′ – Verv. Jordan Torunarigha door Jorthy Mokio
  • Jupiler Pro League – matchday 3 – 14/04/24 – 19:18



    Mathieu Maertens


    Mathieu Maertens

    1 – 0


    Matias Fernandez

    1 – 1

    Matias Fernandez



    Mathieu Maertens


    Mathieu Maertens

    2 – 1

    KAA Gent will by no means be given a win in the Europe Play-offs. The Buffalos suffered their first defeat when they visited OH Leuven. Mathieu Maertens was crowned match winner with two goals. Ghent sees KV Mechelen approaching within one point.

    OH Leuven – KAA Gent in a nutshell:

    • Key moment: Deep in the second half, Matias Fernandez Pardo still managed to get the (deserved) equalizer on his right foot. He wants to do it too well and lobs it faintly.
    • Man of the Match: Captain Mathieu Maertens is the Leuven match winner with two great goals.
    • Statistics: Hein Vanhaezebrouck has never lost to OH Leuven at the highest level, that has changed tonight. For OHL it is the first ever victory against KAA Gent at home.

    Leading roles for Maertens and Fernandez Pardo

    With 8 goals in its first 2 games, AA Gent had an excellent start to the Europe Play-offs. But scoring at Den Dreef in Leuven suddenly became a lot more difficult for the Buffaloes.

    After just 1 minute, Gandelman – despite being in good form – could hardly miss from close range, but he did so anyway. De Sart, Tissoudali and Samoise also put Leysen to work early.

    The goal, somewhat surprisingly, was scored on the other side. Face to face with Roef, Maertens did not fail.

    The home team could not enjoy the lead for long because Fernandez Pardo almost immediately took advantage of Leysen’s poor kick. Not much later, the Spanish Belgian had the 2-1 at his feet, but now the leather shattered on the crossbar.

    Against the flow of play, OHL took the lead again and again it was Maertens who scored from the turn. Before half-time, the Leuven captain almost scored a hat-trick, but he was just a shoe size short of sliding in from close range.

    Things went well back and forth in the second half, but there were no clear-cut opportunities. Only after substitute Brunes had made it 3-1 from offside did the visitors wake up again. Deep into the added time, Fernandez Pardo broke through again, this time he lobbed faintly over.

    The score remained 2-1 and KV Mechelen in particular must be happy with that. Next week it can take over the leading position in a direct match with AA Gent.

    • Oscar Garcia (OHL coach): “I am very happy that we beat the best team in these Europe Play-offs. The mentality of my players was very good, despite the fact that we are playing almost for nothing. We played to win and we must always do so.”
    • Hein Vanhaezebrouck (trainer AA Gent): “We lacked some efficiency today and also had some setbacks. We had to go into halftime with a lead, but OHL finished at 100%. After halftime we tried to turn it around, but we did not have the power to take control. There were still some moments, but the ball did not go in. The most efficient team wins and that is often the case again next week against KV Mechelen.”


    Phase by phase


    Michael Allaerts ends his first game in the play-offs. He sees OHL win 2-1 against AA Gent, which deserved more.

    Samoise onbesuisd

    Samoise takes his chance on a falling ball. The leather ends in the Ghent spy head.

    The young Mokio is immediately involved in the Ghent game. He sends a cross towards the goal, but it misses.

    In the added time, Vanhaezebrouck throws 16-year-old Mokio to the lions. Torunarigha drops off on the other side.

    Fernandez Pardo wants to do it too well

    The equalizer is now suddenly very much up in the air and once again Fernandez Pardo is dangerous. Only on goal does he lob the ball faintly.

    6 – extra time

    An extra 6 minutes will be added.

    There is AA Gent again. Leysen has to do everything he can on a good cross from Fernandez Pardo, but neatly taps the ball over his cage.

    No goal!

    Wim Smet and his team in Tubize took a long time to reach a decision, but the Leuven goal does not count. The Norwegian substitute was just one shoe offside.

    3-1 (or not?)

    OHL finishes it off on the counter. Thorsteinsson neatly passes the ball to Brunes, who wonderfully scores the 3-1 over Roef. Did the Norwegian start offside or not? The VAR will now have to decide that…

    Akimoto aims over

    Finally another clear goal opportunity for the home team. Akimoto is found centrally in front of goal by Sagrado, but his shot goes just over Roef’s goal.

    Ten minutes before the end, Vanhaezebrouck brings two more fresh forces with Surdez and Kums. The match is over for De Sart and Tissoudali.

    2024-04-14 21:50:33
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