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Liverpool Hit 5 To Beat Toulouse In Europa League

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Liverpool Hit 5 To Beat Toulouse In Europa League

Diogo Jota opened the scoring for the hosts after nine minutes, embarking on a solo run that saw him navigate past four defenders before planting the ball into the bottom corner.

Liverpool thrashed Toulouse 5-1 at Anfield on Thursday, asserting their control over their Europa League section with a perfect record at the halfway mark of the group stage.

Diogo Jota opened the scoring for the hosts after nine minutes, embarking on a solo run that saw him navigate past four defenders before planting the ball into the bottom corner.

Toulouse responded seven minutes later as Thijs Dallinga perfectly timed his run from the halfway line into the box, effortlessly slotting home in the Group E clash.

The rest of the match belonged to Liverpool as Wataru Endo headed them back in front just past the half-hour mark. Four minutes later Darwin Nunez extended their lead with a shot from a tight angle, capitalising on a rebound inside the box.

Nunez nearly netted again in the 65th minute but his shot from the right side of the box struck the post after a superb run. Nevertheless, Ryan Gravenberch capitalised on the rebound to score Liverpool’s fourth goal.

Three minutes into stoppage time late substitute Mohamed Salah completed the thrashing with a well-placed shot into the top corner from closer range having bemused his marker.

Liverpool top the group by five points over Union Saint Gilloise, who beat visitors LASK 2-1, and Toulouse, with both teams on four points. LASK are bottom without a point.

First half:

The Toulouse backline was breached in the ninth minute courtesy of an excellent run and finish from Jota.

After Joe Gomez beat Dallinga to the ball, Jota pounced on possession around 25 yards out from goal. He drove towards the penalty area, holding off a challenge and evading another, before calmly placing a finish past Guillaume Restes.

It was nearly 2-0 five minutes later but Gomez and Joel Matip had efforts blocked in the aftermath of a free-kick, with Nunez then having a close-range shot saved.

But the scoreline was level again moments later when Dallinga burst through on goal from Aron Donnum’s through ball and held his nerve in front of the Kop.

A scrappy 15-minute period played out after the equaliser, though Liverpool remained an attacking threat as Gravenberch tested Restes with a hit from the edge of the box.

A pair of goals for the hosts then arrived in quick succession.

Endo made it 2-1 when his grand leap in the box allowed him to nod Alexander-Arnold’s whipped cross into the bottom corner.

And after Curtis Jones’ deflected strike fell to Nunez on the left side of the penalty area, the striker drilled the ball into the roof of the net to establish a two-goal cushion for his team.

Second half:

Toulouse would have halved the deficit immediately after the restart but Alexander-Arnold produced a vital goalline block to deny Gabriel Suazo after Caoimhin Kelleher’s pass out from the back was intercepted.

As the visitors sprung several breakaways in search of a way back into the game, Gravenberch had two efforts kept out by Restes at the other end.

The Dutchman finally beat the Toulouse goalkeeper in the 65th minute for 4-1 when he followed up a Nunez finish that had struck the post and bounced out.

Jota slipped a pass that sent Nunez charging towards Restes’ net and he rounded the stopper brilliantly before falling to his knees after being denied by the woodwork. Thankfully for the Reds, Gravenberch was in position to place the loose ball in the Kop-end net.

Kelleher snuffed out any chances of a dramatic comeback from Toulouse with a good low save to deny Cesar 11 minutes from time.

And Liverpool still looked to increase their advantage, with Salah’s side-footed finish from inside the area making it 5-1 in the last of the action in the match.

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