Costa and Dalling lead Toulouse to dominant victory in Coupe de France final against Nantes

    Logan Costa and Thijs Dallinga each scored two goals as Toulouse thrashed Nantes 5-1 in a one-sided Coupe de France final, handing the Violets their first major trophy in their current guise.

    It looks like Nantes will never defend their crown at the Stade de France, falling within four minutes as centre-back Costa climbed onto the corner home of Branco van den Boomen.

    Toulouse’s dream start continued when they converted another setpiece six minutes later: Stein Springs crossed to Costa to nod from close range after Nantes half-batted a free-kick.

    Nantes nearly bounced back when Gabriel Suazo cleared Mostafa Mohamed from the goal line, but Toulouse took a third shot in the 23rd minute, Dallinga rushed to the Suazo pass and beat Alban Lafont with a bad finish.

    Any faint hopes of a return to Nantes were dashed when Dallinga scored his second goal after Lafont saved from Fares Schaiby, stunning Le Canaris supporters and silencing them.

    Nantes captain Ludovic Blas converted one kick back from the penalty spot as Rasmus Nikolaisen mowed down Fabien Saintonza with 15 minutes left, but Zakaria Aboukhlal fired a quick shot into the top left corner to end Toulouse’s scoring.

    While Toulouse may be celebrating their first major trophy since their predecessors Toulouse won the competition in 1957, Nantes should bounce back quickly as they battle to maintain their Ligue 1 status.

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