Antwerp is now also coming to win at AA Gent and retains a perfect report

Antwerp is now also coming to win at AA Gent and retains a perfect report

AA Gent and the VAR, it remains a never-ending story. Video referee Van Damme intervened on three occasions and ref Laforge revised his decision. Antwerp showed itself particularly efficient and survived the Ghent rush (1-2) after the break. Frustrated, the Buffalos are left behind and again suffer damage on their own property. Antwerp, on the other hand, retains its perfect report and takes the lead with Racing Genk, which has played one more match.

AA Gent and Antwerp both had disappointing European assignments last Thursday, which meant that both trainers inevitably seized this ‘Ghelamco derby’ as an opportunity to recover. At AA Gent, Castro-Montes was on the bench and Hjulsager started on the left wingback; while the striker duo Frey – Janssen appeared at the kick-off among the visitors.

The home side were the sharpest off the grid and after just seven minutes, ref Laforge immediately pointed to the penalty spot when Almeida touched the ball on the edge of the box. However, Laforge had to reconsider that decision after the intervention of the VAR. Free kick, which was kicked into goal by Kums through Vines’ body (1-0).

Antwerp reacted immediately and when a free kick by Naingolan could not be stopped by the Ghent defense, Pacho headed through to Janssen, who equalized from close range (1-1). Both teams now went full steam ahead and then the VAR again demanded attention after an apparently harmless intervention by Odjidja on Yusuf on the edge of the sixteen.

Heated tempers

Ref Laforge was forced to check the footage and caused general consternation in the Ghelamco Arena when he put the ball on the spot. Frey didn’t hesitate and drove the ball into the nets at lightning speed. The mood in the Ghelamco Arena was already quite heated and that did not immediately improve.

A little later, after all, a new VAR moment followed when Pacho was surprised by Cuypers: violation, Laforge judged, who again pointed to the spot, but this time after a third VAR intervention adjusted his decision and actually gave Antwerp a referee ball. In the Ghent stands it was no longer about the backlog for a long time and Laforge’s decisions were mainly taken for granted. (Read more below the photo)

Photo: BELGA

The visitors were certainly not awake and even scored almost a third time. Roef was just able to tap Janssen’s cunning lob from under his bar, but then disaster struck for Frey: the Swiss striker of the Great Old caught his left foot in the grass and went down groaning in pain. On the Antwerp bank, Ekkelenkamp immediately prepared to fill in.

The Buffalos tried to hit back at halftime, but Okumu’s header landed right in the hands of Butez and Hjulsager was played twice in the box, but the Dane was unable to finish each time. Ekkelenkamp was unable to do that immediately after the break when he was played by Janssen.

Antwerp withdraws en masse after rest

Gent was very difficult to reach full speed after the break, but on a pass from Hjulsager, Depoitre pulled out with a lovely heel. A genius whim of the Ghent attacker, but Butez saw the ball go over the goal to his great relief. Vanhaezebrouck then threw Castro-Montes into the fight instead of Odjidja, while Van Bommel reacted with a triple substitution: Miyoshi, De Laet and Avila had to pull the lead over the line.

Enter Laforge: Depoitre and Avila barely started the duel after a cross by Castro-Montes, but the little Argentinian dropped very easily, after which the ref decided to give a free kick to the visitors. The Ghelamco Arena exploded and Vanhaezebrouck went wild along the sidelines, which resulted in a yellow card. (Read more below the photo)

Antwerp is now also coming to win at AA Gent and retains a perfect report

Photo: BELGA

In the final quarter, the Ghent coach brought in extra offensive punch with Hauge and Lemajic. The Buffalos now went in search of the deserved equalizer, but the ultimate chance for the 2-2 was kicked into Butez’s hands by Hauge after Cuypers had already decided. Meanwhile, ref Laforge had also given Kums yellow for protest. Antwerp gasped but did not crack and is thus recovering optimally from the European elimination.

Line-up AA Ghent: Roef; Hanche-Olsen, Ngadeu, Okumu; Samoise (84′ Hauge), Kums, Hong, Odjidja (65′ Castro-Montes), Hjulsager (84′ Lemajic); Cuypers, Depoitre

Antwerp setup: Butez; Almeida, Alderweireld, Pacho (76′ Avila); Bataille (76′ De Laet), Nainggolan (66′ Scott), Yusuf, Vines; Frey (44′ Ekkelenkamp), Janssen (76′ Myoshi)

Goals: Kums 1-0, 15′ Janssen 1-1, 27′ Frey (penalty kick) 1-2

Yellow cards: Almeida, Odjidja, Castro-Montes, Butez, Kums in Myoshi

Red cards: no

Referee: Nicolas Laforge

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