September 20, 2021

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AA Gent survives in Europe after deserved victory over RFS |  European League of Conferences 2021/2022

AA Gent survives in Europe after deserved victory over RFS | European League of Conferences 2021/2022

AA Gent struggled until the last Conference League preliminary round. After 2-2 in the first leg, Gent deservedly won 0-1 in Latvia. Now the Polish opponent is waiting with Rako Czestochowa.

Riga – Ghent in a nutshell:

  • key moment: Over fifteen minutes before the end, Ghent could finally make a difference on a steady stage. De Sart puts a free kick back from Opera into the goal and Okumu knocks out Cerniauskas without a chance with a good header.
  • man of the match: Joseph Stanley Okumo was the great savior of AA Gent tonight. The Kenyan newcomer was the only one who managed to beat the strong Cernyauskas and lead his team to the play-off. The defender evaded a red card in the end to enter Santana.
  • noticeable: After 3 league matches without a win and a European draw against Riga, Ghent knows what it means to win again.

Deklah keeps Ghent from the lead it deserves

After a 2-2 draw against Riga in the first leg, Ghent had to do what he failed to do in several matches: win. Gent immediately took the initiative, but in the lackluster first half everything was too little.

Scoring opportunities are very few, for example, although Ghent created a first-goal hazard early in the match. Cerniauskas was tested on a distant bang from Hjulsager. It was a harbinger of more one-way traffic towards the Latvian goalkeeper, but there wasn’t much work to be done after that.

Visitors took advantage of their opportunity with shots from long distances. Tissoudali’s place ball didn’t go far, De Sart had more trouble framing his shots. Shortly before the break it was he who almost made the score 0-1. His cross shot was pushed to the crossbar by Cerniauskas.

Okumo leads Gent to the playoffs

To score as quickly as possible was Gent’s message in the second half. Odjidja set the right example almost immediately, but his cross shot went just wide. Not long after he got the ball between the crossbars, Cerniauskas resonated again.

Oprah also did not pass the ball past the goalkeeper from an acute angle.

Riga had nothing to say, but kept going overtime. Just over fifteen minutes before the end, Ghent got what he deserved. A free kick by Opera was brought in in front of goal again by De Sart and Okomo finally hit Cerniauskas with a good header.

Depoitre kept the suspense out there by missing a great opportunity. And it got interesting in the last stage with the nervous brawl in front of Polat. Riga in the end extracted nothing more than a deflected and outgoing shot. Gent withstood and still had another obstacle to overcome on his way to the group stage of the Conference League, Poland’s Rako Czestochowa.

  1. The second half, the 96th minute, the game is over
  2. The second half, the 95th minute. The end. It wasn’t without a fight, but AA Gent is well-deserved in the final preliminary round of the Conference League. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg, Okumu managed to score the winning goal with a good header in Riga. Poland’s Rako Czestochowa is waiting in the playoffs. .
  3. Yellow card for FK RFS Elvis Stooglis during the second half, 93rd minute
  4. The second half, the 91st minute. Substitution in KAA Gent, Suleiman Marra inside, Tariq Tissoudali exit.
  5. The second half, the 90th minute. Raku Chistochova is waiting in the playoffs. If Ghent holds up, he will face Rakow Czestochowa in the final preliminary round. The Poles won 0-1 against Rubin Kazan after extra time. The first leg ended 0-0. .
  6. Yellow card for Lionel Strumia of FK RFS during the second half, minute 90
  7. Second half, 87th minute. Substitution in FK RFS, Elvis Stoglis inside, Vladislavs Sorokins outside
  8. Second half, 86th minute. Develop a red warning for Ghent! Suddenly all hands are on deck in Ghent. With a bit of luck, Lemagic can continue down the backline and make the ball low in front of goal. After some squabbling, Simkovic’s skewed shot led to a corner kick. Then Riga threatens again, fortunately Saric’s shot to Gent is blocked. .
  9. Second half, 83rd minute. Substitution in FK RFS, Renars Varslavans entered, Emerson Santana Diocciano outside
  10. Second half, minute 83. Substitution in FK RFS, Cedric Kouadio, and Kevin Friesenbichler entered.
  11. Yellow card for Ziga Lebosek of FK RFS during the second half, minute 82
  12. Yellow card for Joseph Okomo from Kaya Gent during the second half, 81st minute
  13. Second half, 80th minute. Bulat must take the free kick after Okumo’s foul. The Ghent goalkeeper formally blocked the ball away. Now Riga is trying to respond, Ghent has to hold out for a while. .
  14. The second half, the 80th minute. Dark yellow for Okumo. Okumu shows himself on his lower side. With two feet forward, he goes to Santana. Referee Obrenovic stuck to yellow and the Ghent scorer should not complain about it. .
  15. Second half, 80th minute. Substitutions in KAA Gent, NĂºrio in and Christopher Operi
  16. Second half, 79th minute.
  17. Second half, 78th minute.
  18. The second half, the 76th minute. Depuetry keeps the tension going. Shortly after the opening goal, Depoitre gets an excellent opportunity to decide the entire match. At close range he shoots directly over the target. There was a lot to this. .
  19. The second half, the 74th minute. Okumo Yun Ghent! Ghent has finally taken the well-deserved lead. Opera’s header free kick was brought back in front of goal by De Sart and Okumo finally takes Cerniauskas with a good header. .
  20. Joseph Okumo (KAA Gent) scores. It’s 0-1. Second half, 74th minute.
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