Toulouse to advance to the European Champions Cup semi-finals after winning a penalty shootout against Munster

Toulouse advanced to the European Champions Cup semi-finals after beating Munster in rare penalty shootout competitions after a 24-24 draw after extra time

  • Toulouse defeated Munster in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup
  • Rare penalties were needed to separate teams in Dublin
  • French captain Antoine Dupont scored two goals for Toulouse in the kicking competition
  • Half of Munster’s Ben Healy missed both kicks as the Irish side fell apart

Rugby fans got a rare penalty in the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup between Toulouse and Munster.

Both teams drew 24-24 in normal time at Aviva Stadium and neither of them were able to score in the 20-minute extra time, so the winner was a kicking competition.

It was the French side that made it to the top four, winning 4-2 on a penalty shootout after Ben Healy took the decisive kick.

Toulouse advanced to the European Champions Cup semi-finals after winning over Munster

Toulouse advanced to the European Champions Cup semi-finals after winning over Munster

Munster halfway point Ben Healy missed both kicks in the Dublin penalty shoot-out

Munster halfway point Ben Healy missed both kicks in the Dublin penalty shoot-out

The digging competition is quite rare, so it was no surprise that some fans needed a reminder of the rules.

Each team must designate three different kickers to shoot from six different places on the pitch – center, 15m right and 15m left on the 22m line, and then from the same positions on the 10m line.

The first kicker takes both attempts from the center, the second kicker from the right and the third kicker from the left.

Conor Murray’s first kick for Munster came just between the posts before French captain Antoine Dupont equalized for Toulouse.

French captain Antoine Dupont scored both kicks in a tense series of penalties

French captain Antoine Dupont scored both kicks in a tense series of penalties

Munster drew the defenders of the title after extra time but lost on the penalty shootout

Ben Healy then missed on the right on the 22-meter line for the Irish side, and Thomas Ramos crept inside to take the visitors ahead.

After Joey Carbery and Romain Ntamack scored from the left, Murray missed 10m from the center of the line, giving Toulouse a serious advantage.

Dupont pumped up the pressure with another perfect kick before Healy missed a second time as Munster fell.

The defending champions Toulouse will face the winners Leicester v Leinster in the semi-finals.

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