Match report KAA Gent – KVC Westerlo
Today our Kemphanen travel to Ghent. In the Ghelamco arena, the third game of the season is played against KAA Gent of Hein Vanhaezebroeck. In the Westel eleven we see some changes compared to the previous game against OHL. The injured Erdon Daci is replaced by Igor Vetokele. Ravil Tagir will take the place of Pietro Perdichizzi, who is suspended for one match day. Tuur Dierckx will start on the bench today, he will be replaced by Mathias Fixelles.
Line-up KVC Westerlo: S. Bolat, E. Jordanov, R. Seigers, R. Tagir, M. De Cuyper, R. Neustaedter, L. Van Eenoo, M. Fixelles, T. Van den Keybus, I. Vetokele, K. Vaesen,
Line-up KAA Gent: D. Roef, J. Okumu, M. Ngadeu, J. Torunarigha, M. Samoise, S. Marreh, S. Kums, A. Castro-Montes, A. Hjulsager, H. Cuyper, M. Fofana
Early in the first half, our Kemphans get into the lead. The Ghent defense makes a crucial mistake allowing Igor Vetokele to take huge advantage and go alone on goalie Roef. Igor finishes calmly and makes the nets tremble, 0-1.
From then on Westerlo mainly played on the counter. They calmly waited for an opening in the defence of the Buffaloes without taking any big risks.
In minute 37 the equalizer is scored. After a corner Torunarigha won the head duel from Thomas Van den Keybus and the ball ended up in the hands of Marreh. Marreh kicks the ball in one go towards the top right corner, 1-1. The VAR intervenes to check for offside but the goal is approved.
Just before half time the Buffaloes are awarded a penalty. Maxim De Cuyper got the ball against his arm after a shot by Samoise, so referee Wim Smet pointed to the spot immediately. Hugo Cuypers converted the penalty and the players went into the dressing rooms with a 2-1 deficit.
Immediately after the break our Kemphans get a good chance. Fixelles strikes from distance and Roef intervenes to save the ball. He didn’t get a grip on the ball and Vetokele tried to work the ball into the goal, but his shot was stopped by the leg of a Gent defender.
Castro-Montes gets out with a good shot after a nice action. Goalkeeper Sinan Bolat knew what his former teammate was up to and intervened with a good save.
In minute 67 the first two substitutions are made. Kyan Vaesen and Mathias Fixelles leave the field for Dorgeles Nene and Jan Bernat.
A few minutes later it’s the turn of Tuur Dierckx and Nicolas Madsen, they replace Igor Vetokele and Ravil Tagir.
Bernat gets an excellent chance to put the equalizer on the scoreboard. Nene opens up the Gent defence with a good header, after which Bernat can strike towards goal. His shot unfortunately ends up right in the hands of Davy Roef.
Westerlo has more posession of the ball. We don’t manage to get a good chance to put the equalizer on the scoreboard. The game ends with a 2-1 defeat.