Drama in the minority: Leipzig snatches the DFB Cup from Freiburg

Status: 22.05.2022 00:03

RB Leipzig won a dramatic cup final on penalty kick. In a very emotional match, SC Freiburg missed the chance to win the first title in the club’s history.

After 90 and after 120 minutes, it was 1-1 on Saturday night (May 21, 2022), which was a great achievement from Leipzig’s point of view: RB had to manage more than an hour in front of 74,322 spectators in Berlin.

DFB Cup final: Freiburg vs. Leipzig – the summary

22/5/2022 at 8:16

Strong start for Freiburg

Most recently in the Bundesliga, Leipzig had won the battle for the last place in the Champions League against Freiburg at home. But at the start of the cup final, one could clearly see the pressure that they could lose their third final in four years.

DFB Cup final: Freiburg vs. Leipzig – penalty kick competition

22/5/2022 at 8:16

Freiburg started with more pressure, more purposeful, but the Saxons had the first chance after almost a quarter out of nowhere: Emil Forsberg failed after a brave attack by SC goalkeeper Mark Flekken, André Silva and Christopher Nkunku followed up, but did it. do not get the ball over the line.

Controversial lead goal for Freiburg

Five minutes later, Freiburg cheered – and Leipzig protested fiercely. After a fine move down the middle Vincenzo Grifo nearly gave the home side a goal after 29 minutes. The finishing shot went just wide, though. The rebound landed on Maximilian Eggestein, who made a perfect shot from 20 yards out into the left corner.

Referee Sascha Stegemann gave the goal, video assistant referees Sören Storks and Christian Gittelmann saw no reason to complain here because Sallai had no intentions and the ball bounced from his own foot to his hand. But since the hand was spread far away from the body and the body surface was significantly larger, no one should have complained about a whistle.

Eggestein uses his second cup chance

Curious: Goal scorer Eggestein was actually already eliminated in this cup season: In the first round he failed with Werder Bremen in VfL Osnabrück, but then switched to Freiburg, then eliminated Osnabrück with the sports club of all places and then came to this final.

Also amazing: Your own leadership unleashed total uncertainty in Christian Streich’s team. Especially on the defensive, some outrageous mistakes crept in.

Höfler in luck after a double blunder

After 24 minutes, a couple of quick and successful challenges followed by a shot from just outside the penalty area by Nicolas Höfler might have resulted in another goal for Nkunku. Immediately after, Höfler wanted to clear the stage with a header return to Flekken, but the ball starved halfway: Nkunku shot at Flekken, and the excellent Nico Schlotterbeck cleared before the line – and celebrated the stage as a goal.

Shortly before the break, Nkunku had the opportunity to equalize again, but this time wanted to play across from the best position instead of completing himself – so Schlotterbeck could clear again.

Halstenberg with total blackout

Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg receives the red card from referee Stegemann

Photo: THOMAS KIENZLE / AFP

In the second round, the Freiburg defensive caught up, Leipzig had virtually no chances – and in the 57th minute they got the counter with serious consequences. After a long ball to the front, Marcel Halstenberg initially lost the air duel against Lucas Höler, who then ran from him. Although Höler still had a long way to go again, Halstenberg was the last man to pull him down by the shoulder – Stegemann had no choice but to get a red card.

After that, Freiburg constantly pressed on and wanted to make it 2-0 as soon as possible. But Vincezo Grifo only hit the side netting, Sallai was soon rejected by Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Compensation in the minority

Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku scores 1-1

PHOTO: JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP

Leipzig, however, survived this phase and had an answer fifteen minutes before the end. After a blocked free kick by Dominik Szoboszlai, Willi Orban sent the ball to the far post, where Nkunku launched and scrambled the ball over the line for 1-1.

With one man less, RB had suddenly taken over again. With ten minutes left, Flekken had to make two brilliant saves against Szoboszlai and Nkunku, and in the 85th minute Dani Olmo shot just past the winning goal with a low shot.

Demirovic and Haberer hit the post

RB coach Domenico Tedesco frantically celebrated the final whistle, thus reaching extended playing time, but then quickly had to endure a moment of shock: A header from Ermedin Demirovic landed on the left Leipzig post.

And the aluminum helped Leipzig: In the 104th minute, Gulacsi deflected a long shot from Jannik Haberer excellently on the post, and Demirovic fired a follow-up shot over the empty net. Five minutes before the end, Haberer had the winning goal on his ankle again: this time the crossbar kept RB inside the match.

Mini touch of the ball – no penalty whistle

Min.119, Höfler spannered that completely, much to the amusement of the opposition fans. The felt tenth slow motion then showed a mini-touch of the ball before the foul – therefore there were rightly no penalties.

Eight more followed, two of which Freiburg missed: Günter threw the ball over the goal, Demirovic failed on the bottom of the post.

Medical emergency interrupts the festivities

The Bulls were so delighted with their first title until there was silence in the stadium before the award ceremony: a medical emergency on the pitch put an end to the party atmosphere for about 20 minutes. Only when the stadium speaker described the patient’s condition as “stable” was the trophy presented.

Domenico Tedesco then praised the Sportschau microphone: “It was a very good match from us, especially in the second half when we were outnumbered. We are very, very happy. I can not really realize it yet, it feels very good, I can only applaud the boys for this amazing achievement. ”

Christian Streich also saw the positive side: “We played an incredibly good season, a fantastic first half. When we then led and the red card came, we were a little scared because we lost one or the other played ball for a long time. “But it’s complaining about a high level we’re playing in Europe next year. The fans are grateful, that’s right, the team is doing incredible things.”

Source: sportschau.de

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