Toulouse thrash Nantes 5-1 in French Cup final to win first major trophy

Logan Costa got Toulouse off to a dream start in the Coupe de France final.
FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images

Toulouse hammered holders Nantes 5-1 in the French Cup final after scoring four first-half goals at the Stade de France to secure the club's first major trophy on Saturday.

Defender Logan Costa and striker Thijs Dallinga both netted twice inside the opening 31 minutes, with forward Zakaria Aboukhlal adding a fifth in the second half.

- Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.)

Nantes had won consecutive finals in 1999 and 2000.

Toulouse's only previous trophies came from winning Ligue 2 on three occasions, the last time in 2021-22.

The French Cup triumph also secured Toulouse a place in the Europa League, their first European competition since 2009-10.

Toulouse went ahead in the fourth minute through Costa and he doubled their lead six minutes later with another header.

Toulouse, beaten 3-1 by Nantes in their only league clash so far this season, were soon three goals in front after Gabriel Suazo teed up Dallinga by supplying a stunning cross into the box for the Dutchman to score with a chipped finish.

Dallinga then made it 4-0 just after the half-hour mark when he netted from close range from a rebound.

Nantes, who are without a Ligue 1 win since mid-February and have yet to secure their top-flight status for next season, made three half-time changes, introducing forwards Andy Delort and Ignatius Ganago with midfielder Samuel Moutoussamy.

They managed to pull a goal back with a penalty as midfielder Ludovic Blas fired into the roof of the net 15 minutes from time but Toulouse's Aboukhlal wrapped up a one-sided victory by smashing home their fifth from distance.

Nantes, who are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference, had a fine run to the final having beaten Lens 2-1 in the quarterfinals and Lyon 1-0 in the semis.

Toulouse, 12th in the French top tier, beat Ligue 2 sides Rodez and Annecy in the quarters and last four respectively.