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Toulon ran in 12 tries in an 82-14 mauling of Bayonne but Toulouse slipped to a 21-19 loss at Brive, pushing the 19-time French champions closer to missing the play-offs for the first time in four decades.

Three-time European champions Toulon moved into fourth place in the Top 14 thanks to tries from Liam Gill (7min, 56), Bryan Habana (13, 16), Juandre Smith (25, 52), Axel Muller (32, 78), a 36th-minute penalty try, Mathieu Bastareaud (40), Juan-Martin Fernandez-Lobbe (64) and Levan Chilachava (76).

Rock-bottom Bayonne got on the board with tries from Gabiriele Lovobalavu on the half-hour and a last-minute score from Pelu Taela which brought sympathetic applause from a 16,000 crowd at Stade Mayol.

"I'm very happy with the victory and the five points," said Toulon assistant coach Richard Cockerill.

"But this wasn't against one of the strongest teams in the championship but the last. It was prohibited to lose tonight, prohibited to take just four points. We had to win well."

Toulouse suffered a fourth successive defeat at Brive which put them in serious jeopardy of missing the play-offs for the first time in 41 years.

They led 19-9 at half-time but seven penalties from Gaetan Germain proved decisive in defeat for a Toulouse side who played the last 15 minutes with 14 men after English fly-half Toby Flood was red-carded for kneeing Jean-Baptiste Péjoine.

Stade Francais remain third from bottom after losing 35-33 at Lyon despite having led 33-17 with just 20 minutes left to play.

Two of Lyon's scores were penalty tries while Carl Fearns and Delon Armitage also crossed in the space of seven second-half minutes.

Stade shrugged off the absence of pack stalwarts Rabah Slimani and Sergio Parisse, who were away on Six Nations duty, to see backrow forward Sekou Macalou score a try in the first minute.

Waisea Nayacalevu grabbed a brace but veteran kickers Fredric Michalak and Lionel Beauxis were rock-solid for Lyon with 15 points between them with the boot.

Later Saturday, All Black legend Dan Carter returns from a turbulent six-week lay-off as reigning champions Racing 92 host surprise Top 14 leaders La Rochelle.

The 35-year-old Carter has not played since the end of January due to a groin injury and last month was caught drink-driving in Paris.

But Racing hope the two-time world champion can serve as the springboard for the misfiring champions to revive their hopes of a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs.

Camille Lopez, Remi Lamerat, Noa Nakaitaci and Paul Jedrasiak will be missing for title hopefuls Clermont at home to fifth-placed Montpellier on Sunday.

The hosts lost 26-16 at Castres last time out but are a formidable force at the Stade Marcel-Michelin, where they are a perfect nine from nine this season.

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Wenger off the hook as Arsenal crush Lincoln

Arsenal ended Lincoln City's historic FA Cup run and eased the pressure on Arsene Wenger with a 5-0 victory over the valiant non-league side in Saturday's quarter-finals.

After Tuesday's humiliating Champions League exit against Bayern Munich, Wenger had endured calls for his resignation and the Gunners boss must have breathed a sigh of relief as Arsenal avoided even greater ignominy.

A contest that should have been a mismatch given the supposed gulf in class between fifth-tier Lincoln and their illustrious opponents was actually a tense affair until first-half stoppage time when Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead.

But even after goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and a Luke Waterfall own goal, the day belonged to the fifth-tier leaders, for whom the competition has generated a £1.6 million ($1.9m) cash windfall.

For a club whose record signings, Dean Walling and Tony Battersby, each cost £75,000 in 1997 and 1978, respectively, that is quite a sum.

The 9,000 travelling Lincoln supporters certainly brought their voices and generated more noise than the Emirates Stadium has heard during many Premier League games this season.

Almost 10 minutes had elapsed before Arsenal created an opening. Hector Bellerin slid the ball along the ground from the right-hand side but Ramsey swept his shot just wide of the post.

Four minutes later Walcott connected sweetly with a volley only for Lincoln keeper Paul Farman to plunge to his left to palm the ball on to the same upright.

Arsenal were forced into a change after 26 minutes, although if the non-league side were glad to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain go, the sight of German World Cup-winner Mesut Ozil coming on to replace him was less welcome.

Lincoln's compactness in defence was limiting Arsenal to very few chances.

- Urgency -

And in contrast to Lincoln's collective discipline, inspired by the organisational skill of their impressive young manager Danny Cowley, it was the Arsenal players who were guilty of impetuosity in the tackle, with both Granit Xhaka and Laurent Koscielny booked for lunging challenges.

Nathan Arnold, who scored the winning goal against Ipswich Town in the third-round replay, came closest to a goal for the visitors as the half-hour approached.

Cutting inside Kieran Gibbs, he forced Petr Cech to fling himself to his right for a fine save.

Ramsey sent a stabbed effort over the bar as half-time approached, but just as it seemed that Lincoln would deservedly reach the interval on level terms, the Premier League side struck.

Farman had difficulty in dealing with an Ozil cross and from the resulting corner a goalmouth melee ended with Gibbs setting up Walcott to put Arsenal ahead with a deflected effort.

Wenger's side re-emerged with a sense of urgency that had been largely absent in the first half.

The goal that effectively sealed Arsenal's passage to a Wembley semi-final arrived after 53 minutes.

Bellerin swapped passes with Sanchez before laying the ball back for Giroud to sidefoot home.

Five minutes later, Arsenal led 3-0. Gibbs drove in a low hard cross that was deflected into his own net by the unfortunate Waterfall.

Sanchez then made it four after 73 minutes, riding two challenges before curling home beautifully.

The scoreline began to look unjustifiably one-sided when Ramsey walked the ball home following a Sanchez cross.

At the other end, midfielder Alan Power forced a save from Cech as Lincoln sought the most glorious of consolation goals.

Arsenal progressed to Wenger's relief, but it is Lincoln who will take home all of the memories.

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