Europa Cup: Liverpool maintained their flawless record in the UEFA Europa League Group E with a resounding 5–1 triumph over Toulouse at Anfield. Diogo Jota, Wataru Endo, Darwin Nunez, Ryan Gravenberch, and Mo Salah all found the back of the net, ensuring their 100% success rate in the group. Although Thijs Dallinga briefly equalized for the visitors, Liverpool’s powerful midfield and forward line dominated the rest of the match.
Jurgen Klopp made eight changes from the team that comfortably defeated Everton in the Merseyside derby, but these adjustments had little impact as Liverpool proved too formidable for the reigning French Cup champions. The scoring commenced with Diogo Jota, who skillfully weaved through Toulouse’s defense to coolly slot the ball home just nine minutes into the game.
Toulouse managed to briefly surprise Anfield when Thijs Dallinga exploited Liverpool’s high defensive line to break free and score on the 16th-minute mark. However, Liverpool regained their momentum, netting two goals within four minutes just past the half-hour point. Wataru Endo made his mark with a remarkable flying header, followed by Darwin Nunez’s powerful near-post strike.
Ryan Gravenberch sealed Liverpool’s victory on the 65th minute by skillfully rounding the goalkeeper and slotting the ball into the corner after Nunez had an unfortunate miss, hitting the post with an open goal. Mo Salah, coming in as a substitute, put the finishing touch on the win with a strike that ricocheted off the crossbar in stoppage time.
This win solidified Liverpool’s position at the top of Group E with a perfect nine points from their first three matches. Union SG and Toulouse share second place with four points each, while LASK remains at the bottom of the group without any points.
Liverpool is set to return to Premier League action with a home match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, while Toulouse will be visiting Montpellier in Ligue 1.
Europa Cup: “Brighton’s Historic Triumph: Defeating Ajax 2–0 in UEFA Match”
Brighton secured their first-ever victory in UEFA competition with an impressive performance against the four-time European champions, Ajax.
In a patient build-up, João Pedro tapped the ball into the net after Kaoru Mitoma’s effort was parried by the goalkeeper. After half-time, Ansu Fati displayed finesse by cleverly finishing a move initiated by Simon Adingra’s delicate chip into the penalty area.
With this win, Brighton now shares four points with second-placed AEK Athens, marking a promising halfway point in their inaugural Europa League campaign as they position themselves favorably for advancement in Group B.
Notably, Ajax failed to produce a single shot on target, while Brighton managed seven in total.
“Olympiacos 2–1 West Ham”
An exceptional strike by Kostas Fortounis and a deflected effort from Rodinei enabled Olympiacos to secure a remarkable and long-awaited victory in the group stage.
Kostas Fortounis, the home team’s captain, unleashed a powerful shot past Alphonse Areola just after the half-hour mark. The hosts further solidified their lead in added time of the first half when Rodinei’s curling shot took a deflection off Angelo Ogbonna.
Although West Ham threatened a late comeback with substitute Lucas Paquetá volleying home, the Piraeus side managed to maintain their lead and defeat the reigning champions of the Europa Conference League.
Key stat: Olympiacos clinched their first Europa League victory in 12 matches, a streak dating back to their win over Fenerbahçe.