Ghent received Kortrijk at the opening of the 22nd day of the Pro League under tension following the comments of coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck on the difficulties of his club in relation to the new Covid rules. If Courtrai opened the scoring, Karim Belhocine’s men had to chase after the score. Led 2-1, Kortrijk managed to take a good point by scoring in stoppage time.
Even before kick-off, the meeting was marked on both sides by absences due to injuries, covid or the African Cup of Nations, which forced the two coaches to ‘tinker’. On the side of Ghent, we found ourselves in particular without Tarik Tisoudali, Michaël Ngadeu, Laurent Depoitre or Vadis Odjija.
La Gantoise can blame herself for having let two points slip away against Kortrijk. Led quickly from the 8th minute thanks to a goal from Dylan Mbayo, Ghent had done the hardest part by first coming back to the score in the 44th via Castro-Montes before Mboyo does not give the lead to the Gantoise.
In the last quarter of an hour, Kortrijk got their head out of the water and got a big chance throughAbdelhak Kadri. The Algerian played with the Ghent defense and went alone for goal, but a Bolat attentive and prompt in its exit prevented the equalization.
But Kortrijk will take advantage of the lack of realism of the men of Hein Vanhaezebrouck and Mbayo will go there with his double in the 91st and allow Kortrijk to take a good point in the race for the top 8. With this division, Ghent climbs to fifth place with 35 points, tied with Charleroi and two lengths behind the Antwerp. For its part, Kortrijk remains stuck in eighth place with 32 units.