What an exciting cup. The final in Berlin is not first class, but exciting to the end. The award ceremony was delayed due to a medical emergency.
The great joy of Leipzig professionals and fans over the cup win was followed by minutes of unjust silence. Shortly after the DFB Cup final in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, a man was resuscitated near the paparazzi.
The players of SC Freiburg and RB Leipzig sat and stood quietly on the field. Only after about 20 minutes, the stadium announcer gave everything cautiously, saying that the patient was “stable”. An ambulance took him out of the stadium to the applause of the spectators.
Only then did we celebrate again. RB captain Péter Gulácsi tore the Gold Cup on the Berlin night sky. The method was tricky: RB, trailing 1-0 and outnumbering, won only 4-2 (1-1, 1-1, 0-1) on penalties against Breisgau, whose dream of winning the title was suddenly shattered.
Forsberg: “I’m at a loss”
“I’m at a loss,” ARD’s Emil Forsberg said. “Coming back like this is amazing, it shows passion and mindset. I’m happy.” Club president Oliver Mintslav said: “It’s unbelievable that things can turn out this way in the end. It certainly takes time. Our world is transforming so fast.” He will “take the time to enjoy this success.” “The focus now is on a really cool party,” Muntzlaff added to Sky.
Freiburg captains Christian Gunther and Armin Demirovic missed a point in the decision. Minutes after the final whistle, the SC professionals stood in front of the curve with their fans, as coach Christian Streiche applauded and bowed. “Christian Streiche, you are the best man,” Freiburg supporters sang loudly.
Maximilian Eggstein (19) gave the lead at the start in front of 74,322 spectators, but Christopher Nkunko (76) saved extra time for Leipzig, who then celebrated winning the final at the third attempt. RB coach Domenico Tedesco won the gold standings at the age of 36 years 251 days as the youngest winning coach since Hans-Dieter Tiephauer in 1979. A red card against Marcel Halstenberg after an emergency braking (No. 57) had no effect on the final result.
The best cup atmosphere in the capital
Both sets of fans ensured the best atmosphere in the cup. Thousands of Freiburg fans walked into the stadium together in the afternoon and opened the match with a large banner reading “Unique club, as football should be like you!” Written in large letters on the bend east of Freiburg. Leipzig’s origin history with sponsor Red Bull has led to a lot of criticism from the active fan scene, especially this week.
Then there was a disorganized initial stage. A week into the last Bundesliga game, it was clear that both teams were worried about the final. Emil Forsberg and star Nkunko tested Freiburg goalkeeper Mark Felken for the first time in the 14th minute. Streische, who trained off the bench as usual, faced Leipzig’s attacking power with three defences.
According to the statistics of the game, Streich played his 396th competitive match as SC coach – for RB it was the 396th match as a club in professional football. Two of them were finalists in 2019 and 2021, first Bayern Munich was very strong, then Borussia Dortmund.
The HC got off to a much better start: after a long shot from Vincenzo Griveaux, the ball through Günther and Roland Salai reached Egstein, who scored from the edge of the penalty area. Referee Sacha Stegmann did not classify the fact that Salai got the ball as a penalty after using video evidence.
RB ten to win
Leipzig reacted angrily to the helplessness. Nico Schlutterbeek of Freiburg made up for a series of errors in the SC defense and saved him in desperate need in front of the goal line after Nkunko’s shot (24). The national player, who was praised by national coach Hansi Flick before the match, was one of Freiburg’s most prominent players. Time and time again, the 22-year-old has stirred up the fans of the sports club.
Until the end of the first half, RB Leipzig was no longer able to put pressure on their Bundesliga rivals. For a long time, there was little to be seen from the highly acclaimed Power Play. The Saxons gained more stakes in the game at the start of the second half. Flicken had no problems with Nkunko’s next shot (50 min). Halstenberg also made an emergency curb against Lucas Hoehler, which Stegmann had to penalize with red. The next free kick from Grifo went to the goal (59).
With hardly anything going for RB, Tedesco reacted with a twofold change. Dominic Zuboszlai and Nordy Mukele took the place of Forsberg and Andre Silva. Above all, one can hear from the ranks: “Let’s go to Freiburg, score a goal!” The pranks team subtly quieted the match over and over, but missed the second, quieter goal early on.
This resulted in Nkunko being punished, whose goal made a thrilling final stage. He went into exhausting extra time, as Ermdin Demirovic hit the post directly (92). The two teams had chances: Leipzig through Nkunko (102 minutes), Freiburg with a shot at the post by substitute Yannick Haberer (104), who in turn hit the crossbar (115). Leipzig’s Kevin Campbell, who has already been substituted, saw yellow and red on the bench (ranked 118).
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