AA Gent completed a healthy run against Breidablik. The Red Lantern Commander shook it effortlessly. After 20 minutes the game was completely over and Ghent eventually scored 5-0. Davey Roofe kept a clean sheet from a blocked penalty kick at the end of the match.
Ghent – Breidablik in brief:
Man of the match: Kuipers and Gandelmann had better statistics, but Tissodale proved to be Gent’s most dangerous man throughout the entire match. Every time he started to dodge, we could hear the Icelanders’ knees shaking with fear.
Key moment: Orban has found his smile again. And there was only one way to do it: register. He watched the first half in an unusual manner from the bench, but settled the game with a smart strike in the 70th minute. His last goal was on 20 September against Westerlo.
Situation: After three matches, Ghent is at the top of Group B. It has seven points, three more than Luhansk and four more than Maccabi Tel Aviv. Both teams have one game less due to the match in Israel being postponed for the time being.
It was a welcome confidence boost for KAA Gent, who were winless in four matches and also lost for the first time in the competition this weekend.
Enter: Breidablik in the Conference League.
Ghent’s rival recently finished fourth in Iceland, where the competition ended three weeks ago. The difference in quality was already significant on paper, but it was even greater between the lines. The home team did not need more than twenty minutes to complete the task.
First, Gandelman provided Omri with a symbolic moment at Gilamco Stadium. The Gent midfielder immediately nodded 1-0 on the board, looked up at the sky and raised his fingers in the air. The Israeli recently lost two of his friends after a Hamas attack.
Fifteen minutes later, Gandelmann also assisted on a precise header for Kuipers, who four minutes later also made it 3-0 into the far corner. Tisodale, the most active resident of Ghent, also ended his first half – after many attempts – with a goal.
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In an unnecessary second half, Orban also used Icelandic football to build confidence. The Nigerian striker broke a goal drought that had lasted for more than two months with a low shot. As if a thousand pounds had been lifted from his shoulders, he let out a deep sigh.
Breidablik almost saved their honor in the final minute, but Davey Roofe made a smart save from a penalty kick from the right corner.
A perfect evening for Gent, who was brimming with confidence and is currently alone at the top of Group B.
Omri Gandelman between joy and sadness: “I am a professional and I must help my team.”
For Omri Gandelman, these are weeks full of mixed emotions. The Israeli was sent off last weekend and has now scored 1-0.
“That’s how football works,” the amiable goalscorer said. “I will continue to work hard and put what happened behind me.”
But of course Gandelman also had his head back home. “It is difficult to play when I see what is happening in my home country. But I am a professional player and I have to help my team.”
“Everyone helps me here,” he added. “I also play with my friends and family. I hope the war will end soon and everyone will be able to walk the streets safely.”
Striker Hugo Kuipers has also been able to take advantage of the drought in recent weeks. “No, I wasn’t desperate yet. I wasn’t worried about it, but scoring is always nice.”
“In recent weeks, we’ve had fewer chances and also scored fewer, but it was a good performance. That’s the way we are Merit we won easily.”
Hein Vanhisbrouck: “It’s not that simple, just wait for the return match.”
“Winning 5-0 is not obvious and is only about our quality in the beginning,” Hein Vanhaysbrouck tried to reduce the euphoria somewhat.
“We had almost every chance and then of course the spell was broken. It was still possible to achieve a much higher result, but you also have to take into account what comes next.”
“But it’s not that simple in Europe,” said the Ghent coach, who wanted to highlight Gandelmann. “Just wait for the return match in different circumstances.”
“He opened the game and my attackers were able to take advantage of that. He was affected by the war, but I am very happy that he brought this.”
“He increases the competition in the midfield. If he continues to play like this, my team will have to pay attention to him.”
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