Gent got off to a flying start in the Belgium play-offs with a 2-0 win in a bad tempered game against Club Brugge thanks to a brace from their Nigerian forward Moses Simon.
Four Nigerians in Anderson Esiti, Moses Simon, William Troost-Ekong and Samuel Kalu were on from the start for Gent, and the first caution of the game was picked up by Kalu nine minutes into the game.
Moses Simon was however on hand to draw his side level in the 25th minute following a nice ball from Kalu to bring scores to 1-1.
Simon made it 2-1 to his team with his second goal of the game from the spot at the end of the first 45 minutes to put his side in the lead going into the break.
While Simon goals put his side up in the game, numerically they were reduced to 10 men when his Nigerian compatriot Troost-Ekong was sent off for two bookable offences in a space of three minutes, in the 47th and 50th minute precisely.
The red card was the first of his career, and it didn’t prove too costly for his team as they hanged on to claim all three points and their first win in their first game of the Belgium play-offs.
* Osas Mahawi