Liverpool striker Diogo Jota Jr. delivers a boot to the head of Tottenham defender Oliver Skipp. Liverpool striker Diogo Jota Jr. delivers a boot to the head of Tottenham defender Oliver Skipp. (@FootballTweet on Twitter.)

Liverpool FC’s Portuguese striker Diogo Jota Jr. accomplished two things with his boot Sunday, but only one is strictly permissible by the rules of soccer. Late in a clash with Tottenham Hotspur, Jota got his boot up very high on English Tottenham defender Oliver Skipp and drew blood, but only received a yellow card. Here’s video of that:

That got many talking, and saying he should have received a straight red card:

The red was not given, however, only a yellow. And that meant Jota stayed on the pitch. And, in a very Ted Lasso-esque finish, he scored the winner in stoppage time, a minute after a stunning headed equalizer (which brought Spurs all the way back from a 3-0 deficit) from Tottenham’s Richarlison off a free kick. Here’s that equalizer:

And here’s Jota’s winning goal:

While the “Agony for Spurs fans” there is absolutely correct, this victory also came at a cost for Liverpool. Manager Jürgen Klopp appeared to injure his hamstring celebrating that goal:

Tottenham and Liverpool entered the day fifth and sixth in the Premier League table respectively, but the Liverpool win here bumped them up to 56 points, ahead of Tottenham’s 54. The fifth spot can be important, as that comes with automatic qualification for the group stage of the UEFA Europa League regardless of results elsewhere.

However, Tottenham and Aston Villa (also on 54) points may still qualify for Europe as well. Fourth-place Manchester United won this season’s EFL Cup (which comes with a berth into the playoff stages of the UEFA Europa Conference League), and they’ll face first-place Manchester City for the FA Cup (which comes with a Europa League group stage berth). Cup berths are passed down if the team winning them qualifies through a table finish, so there will be European berths of one sort or another for the sixth and seventh-place teams. But the fifth-place spot and automatic group stage qualification can matter, and Liverpool got an edge there with this result Sunday. And two very different boots from Jota helped them get there.

[Image from @FootballTweet on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.