The Cup at the Capitol. Toulouse, unleashed, crushed Nantes (5-1) on Saturday, mired in this dark end of the season, and won the 106th edition of the Coupe de France, in an unexpected final and in a great atmosphere, far from social tension. As a symbol, the biggest defeat in the final of the Coupe de France, was suffered by the Canaries, in 1970 against Saint-Étienne (5-0). From now on, Nantes, 16th in Ligue 1, fears a nightmarish season with the fear of relegation, a year after having known the happiness of a coronation in the Coupe de France.
After 66 years of waiting, our Violets are bringing the Coupe de France back to the Capitol!
—Toulouse FC (@ToulouseFC) April 29, 2023
Boosted in the stands and on the ground: in a Stade de France rarely so boosted (78,000 spectators) with smoke bombs, tifos and banners, the Violets put pressure on Nantes, completely overwhelmed in defense in the first period. They logically opened the score on a corner from Branco Van den Boomen fired on the head of Logan Costa, who rose higher than everyone and easily deceived Alban Lafont (4th).
Costa and Dallinga go for their double
Hard-hitting on the sides, the Toulouse team doubled the lead a few minutes later, again thanks to Logan Costa, and still with a header (10th). A winning bet for Philippe Montanier, the Toulouse coach. Established on Saturday, the Cape Verdean had never scored. No player had scored a double so quickly in a Coupe de France final…
Facing the helpless Nantes people who hardly ever set foot on the ball during the first half apart from a big chance (12th), the Toulouse people continued their demonstration. On a nice opening from Gabriel Suazo, Thijs Dallinga stole the ball in front of the Nantes goalkeeper (23rd). The Dutch striker further weakened the Canaries after a strike from Farès Chaibi (31st) making Téfécé the first team to score at least four goals in the first period of a Coupe de France final since Lille against Bordeaux in 1955 .
4 – Toulouse is the first team to score at least 4 goals in the first period of a Coupe de France final since Lille against Bordeaux on May 29, 1955 (4-1 at halftime). Unleashed. #FCNTFChttps://t.co/Z3xedLs0Fv
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 29, 2023
After several attempts (53rd, 57th, 66th) and pushed by the yellow public, the Nantes people reduced the score on a penalty (75th) converted by Ludovic Blas. But just after (79th), the Toulousain Zakaria Aboukhlal delivered a layer with a nice shot under the crossbar of Lafont. The Violets were supported by around 22,000 fans in fusion, 66 years after the only title in the history of the city, the Coupe de France 1957 obtained at a time when Toulouse played in red and white and vibrated especially for rugby.
Europe’s private TFC?
This victory normally offers a ticket to the Europa League next season. But if AC Milan, which has the same shareholder as Toulouse (the American investment fund RedBird), qualifies for the Champions League or the C3, the “Téfécé” could be deprived of Europe. In this final played in a context of social tension, sporting encouragement completely took precedence over social discontent. Even the 49th minute remained quiet as unions called for whistles rejecting pension reform. Almost no red card, distributed in front of the stadium but confiscated by security, was waved among the public. Just before the meeting, Emmanuel Macron spoke about the players leaving the locker room.