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The Europa League is moving away from the A.A.  Gent after a painful defeat against Omonia Nicosia |  UEFA Europa League 2022/2023

The Europa League is moving away from the A.A. Gent after a painful defeat against Omonia Nicosia | UEFA Europa League 2022/2023

The final hurdle towards the Europa League group stage has become too high for AA Gent after a painful defeat to Omonia Nicosia. The home team had many chances, but conceded two goals. If you can’t rectify the situation in Cyprus next week, there is still a Conference League safety net.

AA Gent – Omonia Nicosia in a nutshell:

  • Key moment: After a poor first half, Ghent showed plenty of Grinta after the break and gets very close to 1-1 midway through the second half. But neither Kuipers nor Depuytre can score head-to-head with goalkeeper Fabiano.
  • man of the match: Fabiano Ribeiro de Freitas, it’s a name that sounds like music, but in Ghent, they got a headache from Omonia goalkeeper. The Brazilian made some crucial saves in the first half and proved to be a time saver.
  • noticeable: For the second year in a row, Omonia Nicosia is causing problems for the Belgian team. Last season Antwerp narrowly beat the Cypriots in the same qualifying stage. Omonia then won 4-2 at home, but Antwerp won the second leg 2-0 and won on penalties.

Slap Gent has no answer to acute Omonia

A.A. Gent won the Belgian Cup last season, Omonia Nicosia, Cyprus. The two teams also faced their first European match this season. Lots of similarities, because on the field Omonia showed a lot more offensive spirit than the unflinching Ghent, with newcomer Hauge on the starting line right away.

The Cypriot acquisition did not result in great opportunities, but the visiting luck was on their side. Charalampous’ shot deflected and left Roef without a chance. Halfway through the first half, Ghent looked behind.

But even after that, Ghent was not under pressure. Omonia continued to choose offensively, Ghent’s defense had a particularly difficult time with the high pressure from the visitors. Only shortly before the end of the first half the home team finally got a ball between the crossbars. Fabiano had to extend fully in a good shot by Hauge.

She sang leaves 1-1 and gets a cover on the nose

After an unfortunate first half, Gent changed after the break. With substitute Odjidja between the lines, the home team showed a lot of Grinta. However, Gent was not so lucky for Omonia at 0-1. Kuipers’ header hit the post and in the second half Odega narrowly missed.

Gent pressure increased, it was 1-1 in the air. Kuipers came very close, but was unable to pass the ball past Fabiano from close range. De Poetry, who came for what turned out to be Hauge for the first time, also missed a huge opportunity head-on with goalkeeper Omonia.

Those mistakes cost Ghent dearly, because fifteen minutes before the end, Omonia struck again mercilessly. Parker, who just came in, got plenty of room in the box and gave Roef the check with a great shot. 2 chances, 2 goals for Cypriots. A stark contrast to the mistakes Gent made after the break.

The Europa League group stage is far away, Gent needs a little miracle next week in the Nicosia heat. A Conference League safety net looms large.

Hanche-Olsen: “A tough challenge, but not an impossible one”

“This is not the result we wanted, this is very disappointing. We were hoping to go to Cyprus with a good result, but instead we now have a particularly difficult challenge,” Andreas Hansch Olsen said disappointedly after the match.

“Efficiency made the difference today, but we also have to look at ourselves. Our first half was just below par, and we’re not happy with that at all.”

“We played really well in the second half. They only got there once in our last 16 and scored a goal. It’s in the details and they weren’t with us today, but we didn’t force them in our way either. We don’t have anything. The miracle is needed next week. This will be A tough challenge, but not an impossible one. We have come out of tough situations.”

Vanhaezebrouck: “Neither sharp nor aggressive”

In his analysis, Hein Vanhaezebrouck immediately put his finger on the wound: the younger first half of his team. “No one expected this, I don’t even think our opponent. But if you start a Europa League game in a semi-league, it’s not enough.”

“In the first half the football was not good enough, but the intensity and aggressiveness were not. We scored another poor goal. You can say unfortunately, but if it is a skewed ball every time, it is simply because you are late. The shot should be banned. before you swerve.”

“In the second half we showed we were much better, but unfortunately we didn’t score. However, we had incredible dominance with some very good chances. We also got the cover, and that wasn’t a win at all.”

“Now we have to go there in very difficult circumstances, against an opponent who can wait. It will not be easy, but it is possible to continue qualifying. If we finish the chances that we missed today, it may still be possible., but then we will have to We are more intense for 90 minutes than we are today.”

  1. The second half, the 95th minute, the game is over
  2. The second half, the 93rd minute. The end. A European Sour Evening for AA Gent. He goes inside the house with 0-2 against Omonia Nicosia. The Cypriots showed their efficiency in particular, while Gent missed opportunities, especially in the second half. The Europa League group stage is far away, and the Conference League safety net looms large. .
  3. The second half, the 87th minute. Substitution in Omonia Nicosia, Tim Mataves, Andronikos Kakolis outside.
  4. The second half, the 86th minute. Time is running out for Ghent. One goal can bring hope again. With this arrangement, it appears to be the Conference League rather than the European League for Ghent. .
  5. Second half, 85th minute. The question is whether Ghent can correct this in the Nicosia heat. Tom Bodwell on Radio 1.
  6. Yellow card for Fabiano from Omonia Nicosia during the second half, 85th minute
  7. Second half, 82nd minute. Substitution in KAA Gent, Matisse Samoise inside, Andreas Hanche-Olsen.
  8. Second half, 82nd minute. Substitution in KAA Gent, Joseph Okumo inside, Alessio Castro Montes outside
  9. Second half, minute 81. Substitution in KAA Gent, Bruno Godeau inside, Jordan Torunarigha outside
  10. Vapiano prevents target contact. Nice job by Hong at sixteen. A dangerous turn, but Fabiano has a great save ready. Omonia does not hesitate. . Second half, 79th minute.
  11. Yellow card for Jordan Torunariga (Kaya Gent) during the second half, 79th minute
  12. The second half goal, the 77th minute, was scored by Omonia Nicosia Brandon Parker. 0, 2.
  13. The second half, minute 74. Substitute Parker makes matters worse for Gent. Ghent puts a cover on the nose. After Quiers and Depuetry’s mistakes, Omonia strikes mercilessly. Parker, who just joined the squad, gets plenty of space in the sixteen and chases the ball past a desperate Ruff with a superb shot. Ghent in dirty sheets. .
  14. Second half, minute 74. Substitution in Omonia Nicosia, Fotis Papouls, Bruno Felipe da Silva outside.
  15. The second half, minute 74. Substitution in Omonia Nicosia, Brandon Parker, Charalambos Charalambos outside.
  16. The second half, the 72nd minute. Bezos misses. Bezos immediately gets a chance to make the score 0-2. He can play completely freely in the sixteen, but misses the point completely. His shot is widening. .
  17. The second half, the 71st minute. Substitution in Omonia Nicosia, Roman Bezos entered, and Mix Descrud came out.
  18. The second half, the 69th minute. Bezos receives a standing ovation. Bezos enters Omonia and replaces Deskerud. The former Ghent player receives a warm welcome from the home fans. .
  19. Yellow card for Andronikos Kakoullis of Omonia Nicosia during the second half, 69th minute
  20. The second half, the 68th minute. Depot cannot score either. Gent is now spilling opportunities. Odjidja cleverly brings Depuetry alone to Fabiano, but the substitute does not bypass the goalkeeper. These are expensive errors. .
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