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Cercle and Ghent share the points

The last home game of the 2021-2022 season was completely overshadowed by a farewell for former Cercle goalkeeper Miguel Van Damme, in a match in which Cercle and KAA Gent shared the points. After early goals from Tissoudali and Somers, it was Depoitre who ensured that the visitors went into halftime with a lead. Ten minutes from time, Somers would again level the score. In match’s closing stages, both teams came close to scoring, but neither team could take all three points.

Pre-match, the players and supporters said goodbye to Miguel Van Damme with a mocing tribute. Once the match had started, it didn't take long for things to open up. After barely two minutes, Tissoudali found some space centrally, after which the opponents’ in-form man gave goalkeeper Warleson no chance. Cercle reacted immediately; at a corner, Somers was able to level the score two minutes later. The visitors, who needed all the points in their battle for the playoffs, kept attacking and had two more good chances in the opening minutes as Warleson had to distinguish himself on attempts by Castro-Montes and Vadis. KAA Gent were trying to take control of the game and were rewarded for it on the half hour when Depoitre turned home a sharp cross from Tissoudali. The Groen-Zwart reaction was immediate, but Cercle did not get further than a few blocked attempts and corner kicks.

After the break, Cercle continued to look for an equaliser, although they had to wait for a good opportunity for some time. Early in the second half, Matondo stole the ball from Roef, but a teammate was unable to link up with our pacy striker. Popovic then headed a free kick just wide. At the other end, we had to watch out for Tissoudali, who struck the post after a good run. The Cercle strikers did not have an easy time against the large and strong defenders of KAA Gent and the tempo soon disappeared from the match, due to injury treatments. Still, the Groen-Zwart didn't give up. With twelve minutes left on the clock, Cercle came very close to the equaliser: on a pass from Matondo, Denkey had a chance but the ball trickled just wide. It was only a stay of execution, though, for Gent, because on the next attack Somers would pull Cercle level again. Hjulsager then received a red card from the visitors, after a reaction to a foul by Da Silva.

Cercle saw its chance and kept attacking, but Matondo and especially Denkey couldn't find the target. Gent also got one more big chance as Samoise struck the bar in the final seconds. This intense match thus ended with the points being shared.

Cercle: Warleson, Decostere, Popovic (Vanhoutte 77'), Daland, Sousa (Vitinho 56'), Da Silva, Van Der Bruggen, Hotic, Deman (Denkey 56'), Matondo and Somers.

KAA Gent: Roef, Okumu, Ngadeu, Torunarigha, Samoise, Kums (Nurio 90+5'), Vadis (Hjulsager 45+2'), De Sart, Castro-Montes, Depoitre (Lemajic 90+5') and Tissoudali.

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