From the start of the 2013-14 season, the Buffaloes will play their home games in the brand-new Artevelde Stadium.
However, as it is not 100% certain that the new stadium will be ready for the preliminary round of the Europa League in mid-July, the Buffaloes’ Chairman has asked that demolition work at the Jules Otten Stadium be delayed until the new stadium is ready.
Standard started the stronger side and was able to put AA Gent under pressures with a couple of (half-) chances.
However, after about half an hour of play, the Buffaloes started to come into the game. Zukanovic’s free-kick went just wide and Mboyo had the chance of the half. His shot was deflected just wide.
Standard’s best first half chance came on 42 minutes when Boeckx saved an Ono header. The half ended goalless.
AA Gent took most of the initiative in the second half. Mboyo’s effort was saved by Kawashima. Standard posed little threat and it was all AA Gent up front.
Kagé’s shot was saved by Kawashima, but it was only a matter of time before the Buffaloes would score.
The home side’s goal came seven minutes from time through Mboyo. AA Gent goes into Sunday’s second leg with a one-goal advantage.