European Cup: in a crazy match, Stade Toulousain eliminates Munster on penalties and goes to the semi-finals! (24-24, 4-2)

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Stade Toulousain came from afar to finally win in Ireland, after a rare moment: the penalty shootout. In this game, Ntamack, Ramos and Dupont did not tremble. The Toulousans slip into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup by eliminating Munster, and dream of a sixth star.

The movie of the game

You had to have a strong heart on Saturday afternoon! In the tough part of the second half, led by 10 units, the Toulouse team picked up the score in the 76th minute of the match, thanks to Thomas Ramos. They finally win on penalties! Before that, Matthis Lebel had sparked, but he and his teammates had suffered.

The first points came from the Munstermen, with a try from Kleyn (7-0, 10and). Romain Ntamack sounded the revolt immediately (7-7, 11and). Followed by Matthis Lebel who recovered a ball released by Antoine Dupont on the other side of the field (7-14, 26and).

The first half hour was to the advantage of Mola’s men, but things got more complicated afterwards. Pushed to their limits by the Irish who put on a crazy intensity, the Stadistes saw the Munster come back. It was Earls who, with his 23and European test, cracked the Toulouse defense (14-14, 39and). The second half got off to a bad start for Ugo Mola’s men. Farrell passed between Elstadt and Ahki then passed on to Haley. The Irishman rushed into the in-goal (21-14, 44and). The Toulouse, far too undisciplined, made several errors (yellow card from Arnold following a dangerous tackle, ahead of Médard, Mauvaka…) The points dropped by Carbery (34and44and) did not prevent Munster from taking the lead fifteen minutes from time (24-14).

The Toulouse return

But the defending champion never died. On a brilliant inspiration from Mauvaka, who went blind for Lebel, the 3/4 wing signed a superb overflow frame on Zebo before flattening. What give hope to Toulouse (24-21, 67th). Ramos then allowed his people to pick up by scoring a penalty (24-24).

Penalty shootout decision

On to the extension. And to his extreme tension when Healy attempted the drop at the last second. The ball goes past the poles, like that of Thomas Ramos a few minutes earlier. The fate of Toulouse was therefore decided on penalties. Dupont, Ramos and Ntamack validate their attempts… Healy and Murray crack. Stade won the penalty shootout 5-3 and advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions Cup.

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The turning point: 67th, Lebel’s test

Prior to this game, he had scored just three tries this season. Matthis Lebel planted two today. The first, ultimately. The second, after a magnificent overflow frame that left Zebo in the Dublin lawn. This test, transformed by Thomas Ramos, allowed Toulouse to come back to three points from Munster (24-21). Hope is reborn. Ramos sent his people into overtime with a penalty (24-24, 76th).

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Matthis Lebel receives the magnificent pass from Mauvaka and slips between the posts ud83dude2e

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The lessons of the meeting

Toulouse has come a long way. Led a quarter of an hour from the end, sanctioned several times, the Stadium came back thanks to Lebel and Ramos. He wins on penalties. For the first time in its history, Stade Toulousain beat Munster twice in a row on home soil. After a success last year at Thomond Park (Limerick), today at the Aviva Stadium (an Ed Sheeran concert forced this relocation). With this victory, Toulouse slips into the semi-finals of the Champions Cup and dreams of a sixth star. Tonight, he will know his future opponent: the winner of Leinster-Leicester.

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