Ghent wins on the wire against the Circle (1-0)
After 31 matches, the Buffalos have the same number of points as Zulte Waregem (8th), who lost 4-1 earlier in the day in Anderlecht. Despite the defeat against Club Brugge, Hein Vanhaezebrouck left Vadis Odjidja and Tarik Tissoudali on the bench and aligned his two laps, Roman Yaremchuk and Laurent Depoitre, in front. At the Cercle, Yves Vanderhaeghe replaced Hannes Van der Bruggen suspended by Charles Vanhoutte and Kevin Denkey gave way to Anthony Musaba.
Gand gave the impression of going into the collision but launched in depth, Roman Bezus did not find the support of any teammate but thanks to an effort from Castro-Montes, the Buffalos forced a corner kick, which did not generate any danger (2nd). On the other hand, the Ghent residents held their breath when Sinan Bolat repelled a heavy strike from the head of Strahinja Pavlovic in the feet of Ike Ugbo, who fired first intention next (13th)
Subsequently, we had a lot of bad passes like when Bezus tried a one-two with Yaremchuk whose return left something to be desired (18th). The draw at half-time was logical: no opportunity, no goal.
After the break, Vanhaezebrouck made a triple change with Odjidja, Tissoudali and Michael Ngadeu in place of Bezus, Andreas Hanche-Olsen and Milad Mohammadi (46th). Inactive in the first period, Thomas Didillon began to have work but was not surprised by an attempt by Depoitre (48th). The momentum of the Ghent was stopped following the exit on injury of Dino Arslanagic (53rd).
Faced with Bruges having greatly retreated, the Buffalos were more threatening but the last pass was still not precise. On a free kick, Odjidja found Depoitre whose head deflection was pushed back for a corner by David Bates (57th). The Circle then retreated to its camp, leaving the only Ugbo in front. But that did not prevent Kevin Hoggas from pulling on the post of Bolat (70th).
Ghent resumed his sterile domination but found the way to the goal on a penalty awarded for a foul by Vitinho on Nuro and transformed in two stages by Castro-Montes (81st, 1-0).