There was only one obstacle to the Buffalos: Rijeka. Winner in the first leg (2-1), the Gantois had to avoid the trap match of the return to Croatia. Mission accomplished.
Rijeka opened the score by half an hour by Jakov Puljic (32) on the first offensive of the premises. A score that virtually eliminated Ghent. Fortunately, those were quick to react and Igor Plastun equalized a minute later (33rd). A goal enough to validate the qualification of Buffalos after a trap match.
Thorup's men controlled the match after the break and eventually managed to keep the result, enough to send them to the Europa League group stage where they would join Standard who was already qualified.
– KAA Gent (@KAAGent) August 29, 2019