The match between Charleroi and AA Gent was particularly weak. 0-0 was the logical score. Both teams are so far in the battle for a place in the top four.
Charleroi vs AA Gent was a match where there was a lot at stake. After all, the fifth and sixth in the Jupiler Pro League both counted 35 points before the start and both had to win to stay behind in the top four. Only… it wasn’t obvious. Slow, sloppy and barely aggressive intent. It seems that both teams do not want to lose.
At AA Gent, Gianni Bruno was the only real striker in the starting lineup. Tsudale is still in the African Cup with Morocco and Depute is not fit yet. Malidi was unable to impress last week and Mboyo missed out on the choice. He then joined Bruno Holsager up front, while Castro Montes took the lead in midfield. That was also a mystery in Charleroi. Coach Edward Steele didn’t even bring in a single deep striker. Bayeux was contracted from Ghent and therefore was not allowed to play.
So it was – not surprisingly – a long wait for real opportunities. Bruno Godot once pushed forward in Gent and made a good cross for Bruno, but he kicked the ball. It was a bad chance for a buffalo buffalo, because there was more of that chance. In the half hour, Ghent really got ahead in the boring first half. Castro Montt received a sharp cross from the left towards Hjulsager, but his deflection was very weak. Castro Montes and Bruno’s shots also failed to surprise Carlos.
Penalty kick from both sides
Charleroi gave her a chance before the break. Zarouri put Combs in the wind in the Round of 16 with a fine job. In the sequel, Ilaimaharitra got the chance to shoot, but his attempt went awry. But it was too little for a duel as there was so much at stake. The fireworks outside the stadium during the break were the best part of the evening.
In the second half, Ghent quickly slipped away from a penalty after de Sart hit Zarouri in the ankle at the age of 16, but Jasper Vergot’s referee team saw no problem with that. But the best chance in the second half was for the same Zarouri. Polat had to be alert for his attempt to float off target. Finally, Ghent also did not receive a penalty after a strong interference from Bitkevicius in the round of 16. The striker flew wildly and had no ball, but hit Norio. Once again Vergoote saw no problem and thus stayed 0-0 after a poor game for both teams. By one point, Charleroi and Ghent got absolutely nothing. It remains three points from fourth-placed Anderlecht, who still has to play KV Mechelen on Sunday.
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