Jarell Quansah’s Late Leveller in Liverpool’s 3-2 Europa League Loss at Toulouse
Liverpool’s unbeaten start in Europa League Group E was brought crashing to an abrupt halt at Toulouse when Jarell Quansah’s late leveller was controversially disallowed. Liverpool had earlier crushed Toulouse 5-1 at Anfield but were overwhelmed in an unpredictable affair in Toulouse.
Jota had managed to reduce the deficit with an impressive late goal after Cristian Casseres scored an unfortunate own goal, but Frank Magri restored their two-goal advantage.
Jarell Quansah’s goal ruled out by VAR
Quansah thought he had scored his first goal for Liverpool when he poked home in the seventh minute of additional time at Toulouse, only for VAR to alert referee Georgi Kabakov to possible handball offenses by Alexis Mac Allister prior to scoring, prompting Kabakov to chalk it off without further incident.
Quansah’s anger was understandable given his circumstances: just hours after Luis Diaz’s father was freed by kidnappers in Colombia and with his side trailing 2-0. Unfortunately for Quansah and his team in added time, both decisions went against them after Frank Magri had his late goal disallowed for fouling Joel Matip.
VAR’s intervention here was unnecessary and harsh; defender’s arm did not come into contact with the ball at any point during play. To provide clarity for referees and VAR operators alike, Ifab must publish clearer guidelines regarding what constitutes an ‘obvious error” leading to goalscoring opportunities, and how long referees have before they need to use VAR for review purposes.
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Kostas Tsimikas’s goal ruled out by VAR
Kostas Tsimikas has been Liverpool’s only fit recognised left-back during Andy Robertson’s absence due to injury; unfortunately he experienced an off day against Toulouse.
Tsimikas’ turnover in Liverpool’s half allowed Aron Donnum to score on 36 minutes, and eight minutes after halftime allowed Dallinga to double their advantage when Tsimikas failed to hold Vincent Sierro’s cross and Dallinga capitalized.
Klopp decided at halftime to switch out Ben Doak, Wataru Endo and Tsimikas with Dominik Szoboszlai, Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold but this decision backfired; Liverpool lost 3-2 despite missing out on qualifying as group winners thanks to VAR alerting Georgi Kabakov of potential handball by Alexis Mac Allister; this decision resulted in another goal being disallowed with VAR alerting Georgi Kabakov for review after VAR alerted referee Georgi Kabakov contentiously disregarded it despite VAR alerting Georgi Kabakov. Georgi Kabakov contentiously disalled it out and it resulted in them losing out as VAR alerted him of potential handballing his decision; meaning Liverpool ultimately lost out and qualified for qualification as group winners by virtue of an extra game won in extra time!
Aron Donnum’s goal ruled out by VAR
Kostas Tsimikas’ error led directly to Toulouse’s opening goal. When the Greek left-back lost possession, Donnum intercepted and cut inside before scoring with a deflected shot from just outside the area.
Liverpool had hopes of breaking back into the game but their hopes were dashed when Frank Magri restored Toulouse’s two-goal advantage with an excellent finish from Thijs Dallinga on the hour mark with a powerful low drive goal.
Liverpool gave themselves late hope when substitute Diogo Jota created an incredible stoppage-time equaliser, only for it to be controversially disallowed due to an academy graduate handling in the buildup. Klopp’s side had suffered their first Europa League loss of the season; Luis Diaz, starting only hours after seeing his father released from kidnap ordeal, also went without scoring during his home debut for Liverpool.
Frank Magri’s goal ruled out by VAR
Liverpool’s perfect start to their Europa League campaign came crashing down with a 3-2 loss away to Toulouse. Jurgen Klopp’s side were far below their best, and lost an early two goal lead courtesy of Aron Donnum and Thijs Dallinga goals. Luis Diaz who recently had his father released from kidnappers was introduced as a substitute defender, losing possession for both goals that the Toulouse side scored against them.
Magri restored their two-goal lead shortly after half time with a deflected shot before an own goal from Cristian Casseres gave Liverpool hope. But Diogo Jota repeated his superb run and finish from their opening game at Anfield to set up an exciting finale.
Frank Magri of Toulouse refused to shake hands with Liverpool substitute Darwin Nunez when offered one by Liverpool academy graduate Frank Magri – prompting widespread condemnation on social media from users that felt Magri was being unsporting after losing. Even after losing, Liverpool still lead Group E with seven points ahead of Toulouse and Union Saint-Gilloise.