Toulouse wrote on Thursday, in a melting Stadium, one of the most beautiful pages in its history by beating Liverpool (3-2), favorite of the Europa League, in which the last winner of the Coupe de France is well placed to continue his adventure.
The Toulouse supporters, two weeks after the slap received at Anfield (5-1) at the current third in the English championship, a monument of European football, hardly dared to believe in an achievement.
“On a misunderstanding, it can work,” they joked on a tifo deployed before kick-off, in a self-deprecating reference to “Tanned people skiing”.
Their TFC was ultimately more successful than Jean-Claude Dusse, the film's hapless flirt: he "concluded" three times and rose to the club's legend level with Maradona's victorious Naples in 1986.
The “misunderstanding” began to take shape when Norwegian striker Aron Donnum scored his first goal in Toulouse colors with a slightly deflected shot (1-0, 36th) after stealing the ball from Greek full-back Kostas Tsimikas.
The reward for a higher level of commitment after the Reds missed the opener with a header from their captain Joe Gomez on the crossbar (4th).
Jürgen Klopp brought in the cavalry just after half-time with Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai, but Toulouse, pushed by their audience, continued to dominate.
The Chilean Gabriel Suazo missed the break goal (47th), denied to the Dutchman Thijs Dallinga a few minutes later for a slight fault before he took revenge with a nice sequence (2-0, 58th).
The “Téfécé” was denied another goal, from Donnum (66th), for an offside, and he surely regretted it when the English reduced the score with an own goal from the unfortunate Cristian Casseres ( 74th).
The returning Frank Magri (76th) then had the good idea to give some breathing room to his team, who still finished the match in apnea after a further reduction in the score, from Diogo Jota (88th).
Darwin Nunez thought he would equalize after seven minutes of added time, but his goal was invalidated after recourse to video refereeing for a handball from his teammate Alexis Mac Allister at the very start of the action.
Liverpool, who have only lost one match this season so far in all competitions, still remain in control of Group E with 9 points.
Toulouse follows two lengths and could secure second place on the next day on November 30, again at home, in the event of success over the Belgians Union Saint-Gilloise, soundly beaten in Linz (3-0) on Thursday evening.
This beautiful European evening, experienced in front of 32,026 people (including 1,200 English), a record attendance at the Stadium since its renovation for Euro 2016, will have made the Toulouse residents forget their current bad luck in the championship.
They will quickly have to return to normal and it will not be easy with two trips to Lille and the current leader of L1, Nice. But due to a misunderstanding...