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Liverpool failed to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Toulouse in the Europa League on Thursday but it was still a triumphant day for striker Luis Díaz.

Luis Diaz (C) heads the ball past Toulouse’s Danish defender #03 Mikkel Desler Puggaard (L) during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match between Toulouse FC (TFC) and Liverpool (AFP)

Díaz’s father was released hours before the game, 12 days after he was kidnapped in northern Colombia by members of the guerrilla group National Liberation Army, or ELN.

Diaz appealed his father’s release after he scored in a Major League game on Sunday, revealing a T-shirt that said “Freedom for Papa” in Spanish.

On Thursday, Díaz did not score but still tested Toulouse goalkeeper Guillaume Restes with a low right-footed strike from outside the area in the first half.

Aron Dønnum scored in the first half and Thijs Dallinga doubled the advantage just before the hour mark for the hosts, who lost 5-1 at Anfield two weeks ago.

An own goal from Cristian Cásseres made it 2-1 in the 74th minute but Frank Magri quickly restored the lead to two goals.

Diogo Jota came on for Diaz in the 81st minute and scored eight minutes later. Liverpool thought they had leveled in stoppage time but Jarell Quansah’s goal was disallowed by VAR.

The game was Jürgen Klopp’s 450th as Liverpool manager.

Earlier, Klopp told TNT Sports that the Colombian striker was “very happy” with the news that his father was free.

After the game, he was less than happy with his team’s performance.

“It was well deserved to lose because they won almost all decisive challenges, battles,” said Klopp. “We have too many situations where we should have won the ball but we didn’t.”

Liverpool lead Group E with nine points from four games. Toulouse trails at two per second.

Leverkusen remained the last team with a perfect record after four games with a 1-0 win at Qarabag in Group H. The Bundesliga leaders reached the round of 16 after Victor Boniface scored the winner from the penalty spot in stoppage time.

Brighton scored early in each half to beat Ajax 2-0 in Amsterdam for their second straight win after defeating the same power two weeks ago.

Forward Ansu Fati gave the Seagulls the lead against the run of play amid Ajax’s early dominance.

Simon Adingra scored twice on the counter-attack to lift Brighton to second place in Group B with seven points. Marseille lead by eight after Chancellor Mbemba and Ismaïla Sarr scored in a 2-0 win over AEK Athens, who remain four points clear in third place.

Slavia beat Roma 2-0 in Prague, giving José Mourinho’s side their first win. Václav Jurečka and Lukáš Masopust scored in the second half for Slavia to tie Roma at the top of Group G with nine points each.

At the London Stadium, Lucas Paquetá’s late strike earned West Ham a 1-0 win over Olympiacos to stay tied at the top of Group A with Freiburg, who thrashed Serbia’s TSC Bačka Topola 5-0.

Borja Iglesias, Aitor Ruibal, Marc Roca and Abdessamad Ezzalzouli scored for Real Betis in a 4-1 win over Aris Limassol and they maintain their lead in Group C with nine points.

Danilo Pereira and Todd Cantwell scored within eight first-half minutes to set Rangers on course for a 2-1 victory over Sparta Prague. The Scots are second on seven.

In Group D, Berat Djimsiti’s goal helped Atalanta retain top spot with 10 points after a 1-0 win over Sturm Graz. Sport are three points back in second place after a 2-1 win over Poland’s Raków.


Viktoria Plzeň made it four wins from four with a 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb to move out of Group C’s top spot in the round of 16.

Last year’s runners-up Fiorentina beat Serbia’s Čukarički 1-0 to go top of Group F with eight points, to lead Ferencvaros and Genk by two after both drew 2-2 in Hungary.

PAOK were held 2-2 at home by Aberdeen to remain top of the standings in Group G with 10 points, with fellow title favorites Eintracht Frankfurt one point back after a 1-0 win at HJK Helsinki.

Diego Carlos and Ollie Watkins scored as Aston Villa overcame Alkmaar 2-1 to share top spot in Group E with Legia Warsaw.


Two Israeli clubs returned to action in UEFA competitions after being unable to play two weeks ago due to the country’s war with Hamas.

Villarreal rallied in the second half to beat Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in a Europa League match played in Cyprus.

The teams were unable to play in Spain on October 26th and that game has been rescheduled for December 6th.

Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk 3-1 in a Europa League match played in the Polish city of displaced Lublin between two warring teams.

Ukrainian teams have played international matches in other countries since the Russian military invasion began in February 2022.

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