DFB Cup: RB Leipzig wins penalty
First handball, then outnumbered-and yet RB Leipzig cheers after the penalty drama: Despite all the resistance, the Saxon mentality monsters fought for the first DFB Cup victory.
Initially harmless Saxons conquered SC Freiburg on Saturday in the Berlin final with 4: 2 in a penalty shootout. For the Leipziger, which was founded in 2009, it is the first title of the young club history. After extra time it was 1: 1 (1: 1, 0: 1).
SC captain Christian Günter (about the goal) and Himedin Demirovic (latte) failed in the penalty shootout. In the regular season, RB star Christopher Nkunku (76th) had balanced after Maximilian Eggestein (19th) had the Freiburg in the lead.
Spicy: Before the goal of the SC, the ball had jumped on Roland Sallai, which was outstanding in the first round, but referee Sascha Stegemann gave the goal after consultation with the video assistant. Later Marcel Halstenberg (57th) saw the red card after an emergency brake.
Because RB put this damper away, an eventful season ends with the really big triumph. The weak start of the season, the preliminary round out of the Champions League and the misunderstanding with ex-coach Jesse Marsch are forgotten.
His successor Domenico Tedesco, in December, did not only solve the royal class ticket in the Bundesliga and led the club to the semi-finals of the Europa League. He also gave the association the first trophy for the showcase after final bankruptcy in 2019 and 2021.
RB Leipzig comes back in outnumber
Freiburg has to wait for the large trophy, at least among the professionals. SC trainer Christian Streich, in office since 2011, had already won the trophy with the Freiburg A-Juniors three times. This time it shouldn't be enough, although Streich had emphasized in this case before the game that "the world does not go under". It remains a strong season of the Breisgauer, who had reached the Europa League in the Bundesliga as the sixth.
In front of 74,322 spectators, Tedesco put Emil Forsberg on the offensive on semi-final hero, who had only beheaded RB against Union Berlin. But together with star player Nkunku and Andre Silva, he had a hard time against a well-organized SC defense.
Rather, the Freiburger had more visually from the game until Forsberg (14th) SC goalkeeper Mark Flekken tested from an acute angle. Just five minutes later, Eggestein missed the first neck strike to the Leipzigers.
A cross from Christian Günter landed through detours at the former Bremener, Sallai previously jumped by the ball before Eggestein fled it into the left goal corner. But the goal counted.
And now the game picked up a little more. After a chain of Freiburg mistakes, the ball suddenly landed at Nkunku (24th), whose shot flekken could only fell towards the goal line. It was only at the last moment Freiburg's Nico Schlotterbeck, who cheered like Wild after the rescue operation.
SC Freiburg desperately on the aluminum
Tedesco could hardly satisfy that this was the most dangerous Leipzig offensive action in round 1. Only after the half-time break did the Bundesliga fourth became more active. Again, Nkunku (50th) failed due to flekken before Halstenberg provided his team. He was the last man he fouled Lucas Höler - red. As a result, Freiburg ran and hit the outside of Sallai (59th) and Vincenzo Grifo (60th) twice.
But Leipzig did not bend, after a blocked free kick, Willi Orban extended a cross from Konrad Laimer - Nkunku was right and enforced and enabled RB the extension in which Freiburg immediately made you take notice. Substitute Hemedin Demirovic (92nd) headed to the post after Günter corner. Janik Haberer (104th, 115th) also only met aluminum twice.
After a duel between Höfler and Dani Olmo, Stegemann decided against a Leipzig penalty (119.). The replaced Kevin Kampl saw yellow-red (118th) on the RB bank.