Report and highlights as Cody Gakpo’s goal cancels out Heung-Min Son’s opening goal, Lewis Smith and Diogo Jota are sent off for Liverpool against Tottenham, and Joel Matip diverts Pedro Porro’s cross into his own goal. PGMOL subsequently issued an apology for the offside call that disallowed Luis Diaz’s goal.
Tottenham defeated Liverpool 2-1 in a thrilling Premier League match to move up to second place in the standings, above rivals Arsenal. Liverpool had a goal wrongly disallowed, and then, with nine players left on the field, Joel Matip gave up an own goal in the 96th minute.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously criticized “the most unfair circumstances, crazy decisions,” but there was still hope when the referee body PGMOL formally apologized for ruling Luis Diaz’s first-half strike offside.
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- Tottenham: Vicario (8); Porro (7), Romero (7), Van de Ven (7), Udogie (7); Bissouma (8), Sarr (7), Maddison (8); Kulusevski (7), Son (8), Richarlison (7)
- Subs: Solomon (6), Davies (6), Skipp (6), Veliz (N/A)
- Liverpool: Alisson (8), Gomez (7), Matip (5), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Mac Allister (7), Jones (4), Szoboszlai (7), Salah (6), Gakpo (7), Diaz (7).
- Subs: Jota (4), Endo (6), Konate (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Gravenberch (6)
- Player of the match: James Maddison (Tottenham)
Later, it became clear that VAR had miscalculated and thought the goal had been awarded on the field. Because of this, VAR Darren England sent a “check complete” notification, and the goal was disqualified even though he knew Diaz was onside.
The following was stated in their statement from Saturday night:
“The on-field crew of match officials disallowed Luis Diaz’s goal for offside. The goal ought to have been awarded by VAR intervention due to this blatant and evident factual error. The VAR, however, chose not to step in.”
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville responded to the statement by saying, “That is unbelievable.” That one is very, truly awful. That has great importance. We never seem to be in line anymore, so I’ve been wondering, “Have we got the right cameras at these stadiums?”
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Heartbreak in the final minute for LiverpoolIn the last seconds of a thrilling match, the ball struck the net, crushing Liverpool’s players. Some lie down on their backs. Some crouched over. Matip had a dejected expression on his face as Alisson attempted to console the defender, who had unintentionally deflected Pedro Porro’s last-ditch drilled cross into his own goal.
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They couldn’t have been in starker contrast to the festivities going on around them. To celebrate with the ecstatic home crowd, Porro tore away into the corner. The Spurs will cherish yet another amazing victory. The best since winning three points in injury time during the previous home game against Sheffield United. The full-time serenade of Ange Postecoglou began. Due to his achievements at this club, the new manager is already well-liked.
Jota’s consecutive bookings had forced him to accompany Curtis Jones back to the locker room, leaving Liverpool to fend off waves upon waves of the Tottenham onslaught with just nine players for more than twenty minutes.
The fact that Jones was sent off after 26 minutes generated a lot of discussion.
Jones stepped in front of Yves Bissouma in a tackle, but his foot rolled over the ball, and his studs struck the Spurs player in the shin. Even if the Sky Sports analysts criticized Hooper’s choice, it appeared awful on the replays he watched.
Neville commented on the co-commentary, “It looks worse than it actually is.” “His foot is not red; it slips.” “Extremely harsh,” according to Jamie Redknapp
Shortly after Diaz saw the flag go up, a brilliant Spurs play rubbed salt in the wounds when he broke through and discovered Heung-min Son (36), who had finished the goal. In an attempt to extend Spurs’ lead, Richarlison struck the far post, coming dangerously close to making it two.
Deep into first-half stoppage time, though, Liverpool responded, as Cody Gakpo spun and scored an equalizer to set up an exciting second half.
Alisson made two incredible fingertip saves to keep Spurs at bay early in the second half, and the offside flag was raised once again when Son eventually beat him.
As the season’s comeback kings, the Reds believed they had pulled off their most audacious performance yet in a roughly 5-3-0 set-up. But everything went Spurs’ way in the end. Liverpool was now in fourth place; their perfect record vanished, and the officials’ apology offered little consolation.
- PGMOL’s VAR apologies listed
- Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool, September 30 2023
- Luis Diaz has a goal ruled out for Liverpool after being incorrectly ruled offside, with VAR Darren England failing to intervene.
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- Andre Onana recklessly challenged Sasa Kalajdzic inside the Manchester United box but VAR Jonathan Moss failed to instruct on-pitch referee Simon Hooper to check the pitchside monitor for a penalty.
- Tottenham 2-1 Brighton, April 8 2023
- Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg appeared to foul Karou Mitoma in the Tottenham box but referee Stuart Attwell declined to award a penalty and VAR Michael Salisbury supported the decision.
- Everton 0-1 Man City, February 26 2023
- Referee Paul Tierney and VAR Chris Kavanagh missed a handball from Manchester City midfielder Rodri, failing to award Everton a penalty.
- Arsenal 1-1 Brentford, February 11 2023
- Ivan Toney’s offside equaliser was allowed to stand despite a VAR review overseen by Lee Mason, who failed to spot Christian Norgaard standing in an offside position.
- Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton, February 11 2023
- VAR John Brooks drew an offside line in the wrong place, denying Brighton’s Pervis Estupinan the opening goal at Selhurst Park as a legitimate goal was ruled out.
- Brighton 2-1 Liverpool, January 29 2023
- Liverpool’s Fabinho escaped with only a yellow card after a studs-up challenge on Evan Ferguson.
- Aston Villa 3-1 Man Utd, November 6 2022
- Lucas Digne scored a free kick but a post-match review concluded the United wall was set too far back, giving the Villa full-back extra room for the set-piece.
- Forest 2-2 Brentford, November 5 2022
- Brentford were awarded a penalty despite replays showing Dean Henderson made minimal contact with Yoane Wissa.
- Fulham 3-0 Aston Villa, October 20 2022
- Douglas Luiz was sent off for Villa despite Aleksandr Mitrovic perpetrating a bust-up.
- Man Utd 3-1 Arsenal, September 4 2022
- Gabriel Martinelli’s goal for Arsenal was disallowed by VAR after Martin Odegaard was incorrectly deemed to have fouled Christian Eriksen in the build-up.
- Newcastle 0-0 Crystal Palace, September 3 2022
- An own goal by Palace’s Tyrick Mitchel was disallowed after Joe Willock was wrongly ruled to have impeded goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
- Chelsea 2-1 West Ham, September 3 2022
- Jarrod Bowen was wrongly judged to have fouled Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, ensuring West Ham’s late equaliser was disallowed.
- Crystal Palace 3-1 Aston Villa, August 20 2022
Andy Madley changed his mind on a Crystal Palace penalty after consulting the pitchs ide monitor, despite Lucas Digne handling the ball.
Regarding the contentious occasions, Klopp”Curtis steps on the ball and goes over,” reads the red card for Jones. Well-executed tackle. Slow motion changes the way it appears. He runs over the ball while stepping full throttle on it. It is unfortunate.
Regarding Jota’s red card: “[Diogo Jota’s] initial yellow was not a yellow. It’s difficult to defend with nine players when he gets a second.”
Regarding Diaz’s goal that was disallowed:
“My goal was offside. You notice that it is not offside; they drew their lines incorrectly. They drew the line incorrectly and failed to time Mo’s ball pass correctly, which is why the ball is between his legs. It is really difficult to handle.”
Gary Neville of Sky Sports: It’s incredible—a really, very awful one.
“That seemed appropriate to me at the moment. Suddenly, I heard the referee announce, “Check complete,” from the VAR officials. No lines were present. It happened so fast. It was clear that something was off.
“It is simply unbelievable. That one is very, truly awful. That has great importance. We never seem to be in line anymore, so I’ve been wondering, “Have we got the right cameras at these stadiums?” The groundskeeper’s accuracy in marking lines on the field is astounding. I’ve defended VAR as fact, but in the last few weeks, there have been two or three instances where I’ve thought that the angle wasn’t correct behind the scenes.”
The course of the drama…With both teams’ recent performances and playing styles, this Saturday night’s main event was highly anticipated, and it did not disappoint.
Guglielmo Vicario had to make a fantastic double stop from Cody Gakpo and Andy Robertson as Liverpool got off to a fast start. However, the match’s dynamic shifted after 26 minutes.
- Tottenham made one change from the north London derby, with Richarlison coming in for the injured Brennan Johnson. James Maddison and Heung-Min Son were fit to start.
- Liverpool reverted to the team which beat West Ham last weekend, except for Cody Gakpo – who scored in the Carabao Cup in midweek – starting up front instead of Darwin Nunez.
When Jones first challenged Bissouma, he was given a yellow card, which caused him to writhe on the ground. Replays, however, showed the Liverpool midfielder’s boot rolling over the top of the ball and his studs making contact with his opponent’s shin when referee Simon Hooper was called to the pitchside monitor.
The Tottenham supporters booed loudly when the photos that had persuaded Hooper were shown on the big screen, and Jones’ punishment was upgraded to a red card. Neville felt sorry for Jones, but whatever Jones’s motivation, it was a risk that Jones would have been lucky to escape.
Just after the half-hour mark, Diaz scored a clinical goal that gave Liverpool the impression they were up despite their one-player disadvantage, but the offside flag was raised, and VAR determined he had gone too soon. Because of the small margin and the lack of lines in the VAR replays, this was another close call that may be disputed. Later on, it was shown to be incorrect due to expensive miscommunication between stadium and VAR control room officials.
Instead, it was the Spurs who broke the tie in less than two minutes. And it was the kind of play that Postecoglou’s team was starting to see, as James Maddison threaded a beautiful pass through for Richarlison to square up for Son to score his sixth goal of the year.
Richarlison’s attempt to make it two as halftime drew near was narrowly missed as it rebounded off the goalpost. However, Liverpool would deal a serious blow before halftime.
Virgil van Dijk nodded down Dominik Szoboszlai’s cross in the fifth minute of injury time in the first half, allowing Gakpo to turn and score. The forward pulled his side up but was hurt in the process and was forced off at halftime.
Diaz was almost unable to get enough on a low cross into the box in the closing seconds, which is unbelievable because the Reds should have taken the lead.
At the beginning of the second half, there was further action at the same end as Alisson made two incredible saves in close succession to deny Maddison and Son.
After 59 minutes, he was finally defeated by Spurs when they copied and pasted their move to score the first goal; however, Richarlison was clearly offside, and the referee called it.
The red card was removed once more, ten minutes later. For his first booking, Jota clipped Udogie as he was breaking away in central midfield. When the defender attempted to back away, he was given his second yellow card a minute and twenty-seven seconds later for lunging at him with a sliding tackle. Both times there was a slight contact, but considering the circumstances, the second action was stupid. “Stupidity,” by Neville
Even with one less player, Liverpool continued to pose a threat on the break. However, with the absence of two, they were forced to retreat to their own box, which prevented Spurs from taking advantage of the pitch’s large open areas. They had trouble creating any genuine, significant opportunities. The comparatively meager six extra minutes were hailed by the away crowd. However, with Matip’s unfortunate assistance, Spurs eventually made a breakthrough in the fifth of those.
Spurs players, supporters, and manager—who has enjoyed an incredible start to his tenure—will cherish the festivities. However, Liverpool had a lot to talk about.
Ange dislikes VAR.
Ange Postecoglou, head coach of the Spurs: “You may need to do some study on me. I have stated publicly that I have never found it appealing.
“Not for any other reason than that, it makes previously uncomplicated parts of the game more difficult.
“No technology will be able to make the game error-free, which is the largest issue we face or fail to understand.
“We all used to agree that making errors was inevitable in sports. People began to believe that VAR would be error-free.
Klopp is “never more proud” of his team.
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, told Sky Sports:
Regarding the performance of his team, “Today made me the proudest of the team ever. I’ve never played a game with such unfair circumstances and irrational choices as this one. Although it is difficult to accept, I am quite proud of us for scoring our own goal.
If you want to create something, you need players with a certain mindset, and today I witnessed them fighting. Quite special this evening.”
Next up, what?On Thursday night, Liverpool will play Union Saint-Gilloise at Anfield in the Europa League. Kickoff is at 8:00 p.m.
They will return to Premier League action on Sunday, October 8, when they play live on Sky Sports when they travel to Brighton with a 2 p.m. kickoff.The next game for Spurs comes on October 7 at 12.30 p.m. at Kenilworth Road against Luton.