Witness the complete replay and highlights of the epic showdown between Toulouse and Liverpool. Set your clocks for the exhilarating KICK-OFF at 20:00 (GMT) on the 9th of November 2023. The esteemed referee for this electrifying match is none other than Kabakov G. (Bul). The battle took place at the Stadium Municipal (Toulouse) as part of the Europe – UEFA Europe League, Group E, Season 2023/2024. Don’t miss out on the intense action!
Toulouse orchestrated a stunning upset, shocking Liverpool and reigniting their hopes of progressing in the UEFA Europa League (UEL). The victory dealt a blow to the Reds’ already underwhelming away UEL proper record, further dampening their European campaign.
Liverpool, aiming to bounce back from a disappointing Premier League draw against Luton Town, began the match with the opportunity to secure UEL knockout football with two group games remaining. Joe Gomez came close to opening the scoring early on, but his header struck the crossbar. However, the Reds struggled to create significant chances in the first half and paid the price in the 36th minute. Kostas Tsimikas’s careless loss of possession allowed Aron Dønnum to surge towards goal, eventually guiding a deflected shot past Caoimhin Kelleher, granting Le Téfécé an unexpected half-time lead.
Despite sitting 14th in Ligue 1, Toulouse showed confidence on the field, and their young talent, Ben Doak, impressed in the early stages. In need of a quick response, Jürgen Klopp introduced experienced figures such as Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Dominik Szoboszlai. However, it was Toulouse who started the second half brightly, missing a golden opportunity through Gabriel Suazo before Thijs Dallinga had a goal disallowed for a foul in the build-up. With an hour played, the hosts extended their lead deservedly. Vincent Sierro found top-scorer Dallinga, who clinically dispatched his effort inside the far post, continuing his streak of scoring in four consecutive matches.
Liverpool was granted a glimmer of hope when Gomez’s looping header caused chaos at the back and led to Cristian Cásseres Jr. inadvertently scoring an own goal. But any aspirations of a comeback were swiftly crushed as Frank Magri capitalized on Kelleher’s save to restore the two-goal advantage.
With time running out, substitute Diogo Jota produced a moment of individual brilliance, scoring a spectacular solo goal that set the stage for a thrilling finale. Jarell Quansah appeared to score his maiden goal for Liverpool deep into stoppage time, only for VAR to intervene and award Toulouse all three points. The French side’s victory delays Liverpool’s expected progress to the UEL knockout phase for an eighth consecutive season. Meanwhile, Toulouse, led by Carles Martínez Novell, now sit three points clear of Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, providing them with a strong platform for qualification ahead of their Group C encounter at the end of the month.
Thijs Dallinga of Toulouse was awarded the Man of the Match accolade for his impressive performance, contributing crucial goals and leading his team to a memorable victory.