Freiburg fail the nerves: Leipzig wins the DFB

In the first DFB Cup final in the history of SC Freiburg, coach Christian Streich changed his starting eleven compared to the last Bundesliga game, the 1-2 defeat against Leverkusen, in a position and replaced Jeong (bank) with Gulde.

RB Leipzig had already stood in the final twice, both finals had been lost. In the third attempt, coach Domenico Tedesco sent the almost identical staff to the field, who had last played 1-1 against Arminia Bielefeld. Only Klostermann moved to the first eleven instead of Angelino (bank).

The first minutes in the duel around the first cup victory in the club’s history passed without dangerous scores, only Grifo came to the end after a corner, which was blocked (8th). Both teams were careful for control, the scattered vertical balls were initially too imprecise.

Eggestein meets the lead – RB protested

RB had the first good opportunity: First Forsberg failed from a slightly pointed angle on flekken, the subsequent margin of Nkunku defused the Freiburg by foot defense (14th). However, it was the somewhat more active Breisgauer who took the lead shortly afterwards: Günter’s cross could not control Sallai, but the Eggestein lurking behind sank the ball from the back room at the bottom left (19th). The Leipzigers immediately complained because Sallai touched the ball with his hand in front of the goal, but neither referee Sascha Stegemann nor the Var saw a deliberate handball and so the goal counted.

Freiburg was initially unable to pull security – on the contrary: a attempted return by head from Höfler towards Flekken landed at Nkunku. Flekken and Schlotterbeck were able to clean up the situation shortly before the line (24th).

As a result, a balanced game developed, which was also repeatedly interrupted by fouls and nicknities. Leipzig hardly made it into dangerous final positions until the break – only Orban from the distance (35th) tested flekken. Because the Freiburg offensive efforts remained manageable, the narrow SC leadership went into half.

Leipzig has to play tenth over half an hour – and compensate for

After the change of sides and in the direction of his own fans, Leipzig put pressure on Flekken (50th). But after an hour’s hopes of the Leipziger, a bitter damper suffered: Halstenberg brought down the hurried hell as the last man and saw the red card (57.).

The dismissal caused the Leipzig printing phase an abrupt end – and initiated that of the Freiburg: twice within a short time, Grifo only shot by free kick (59.) and then Sallai (60th) only on the outside network.

As a result, Tedesco brought fresh players for his team with Szoboszlai, Mukiele and Dani Olmo, who defended themselves as much as possible. It should be worth it, because shortly after the end of the final quarter of an hour, as so often this season came the moment of Nkunku. After a free kick from a short distance at the left post, the Top scorer of the Leipziger scored to equalize (76.).

The striking Szoboszlai came from the left side to the Freiburg Tor – Flekken parried (82.) – and heralded an exciting final phase. In the fall, Dani Olmo shot just past the left post with a drop kick (85th). The Freiburg majority was now hardly recognizable.

The final goes into extra time – the SC hits aluminum three times

Leipzig was willing to decide the game within the regular 90 minutes and thus avoid an extension. Because scoring chances in the troubled final phase were sown rare, the final went into the extension.

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In this the SC went a little more to risk – it immediately became dangerous: Demirovic headed on the post (92nd). Haberer (104th) also shot at the post before Demirovic chased the margin over the goal. On the other hand, Nkunku had just missed a cross from Mukiele just before the goal (102nd).

penalty shootout: All Leipzig meet, Günter and Demirovic shoot

The Leipzig players around RB captain Peter Gulacsi celebrate the cup victory after the success in the penalty shootout. Getty Images

Aluminum hit number three came from Haberer again, who shot the crossbeam (115th). Shortly afterwards, Leipzig asked for a penalty, but Höfler was probably a touch on the ball in his tackling against Dani Olmo (117th). Stegemann decided against a penalty whistle after studying pictures. So it remained 1-1 and the cup winner had to be determined in the penalty shootout.

There the Leipziger showed the better nerves: all RB shooters met, whereas Günter scored over the goal and only hit the crossbar. The Saxons are cup winners for the first time.

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