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Making his debut as head coach, Miron Muslic took three points back from the Ghelamco Arena after a wild second half. Before halftime, Denkey had opened the scoring for the Groen-Zwart. After the break, Gent drew level, but Hotic gave Cercle the lead again by netting a hat trick.
After the dismissal of Dominik Thalhammer, Miron Muslic faced a baptism by fire as head coach of the Groen-Zwart. The Austrian set his side out in a 3-4-3. He brought back Somers on to play on the right flank. In the center there was a place for Charles Vanhoutte, at the expense of Hannes Van der Bruggen. He was given the captain's armband and took up his post alongside Da Silva Lopes. Up front, Deman and Denkey were asked to score the goals, had Hotic supplying the service.
The match was deadlocked for a long time by two teams who battled hard in midfield. Halfway through, Castro-Montes found Depoitre on the edge of the box. The striker turned and shot. He saw his attempt come off the far post but Majecki was first to an attempt by Cuypers.