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Leipzig lift first major trophy with German Cup win

Published on: 21 May 2022

Leipzig's victory is their first in a German Cup final, having lost in 2019 and 2021

RB Leipzig won their first major trophy, beating Freiburg on penalties to win the German Cup final after coming back from 1-0 down in normal time despite going down to 10 men.

Maximilian Eggestein's goal looked to have given Freiburg victory in normal time, with Leipzig's numbers reduced after Marcel Halstenberg's red card.

But Christopher Nkunku struck with 15 minutes remaining to bring extra time.

Freiburg's Christian Gunter and Ermedin Demirovic both missed in the shootout.

Leipzig, who had lost in the final in 2019 and 2021, had lost a second player to a red card near the end of extra time when Kevin Kampl, who had been substituted having already picked up a yellow card, was booked again for protesting when the referee turned down a penalty appeal for his side.

Despite losing in their first cup final appearance in their 118-year history, Freiburg can take some solace from having finished sixth in the Bundesliga to qualify for the Europa League next season.

    Line-upsMatch Stats

Line-upsFreiburg

Formation 5-3-2

26Flekken17Kübler5Gulde3Lienhart4Schlotterbeck30Günter8Eggestein27Höfler32Grifo9Höler22Sallai

    26Flekken17KüblerBooked at 81minsSubstituted forSchmidat 86'minutes5GuldeSubstituted forSchlotterbeckat 105'minutes3LienhartBooked at 90mins4Schlotterbeck30Günter8EggesteinSubstituted forHabererat 86'minutes27Höfler32Grifo9HölerSubstituted forPetersenat 79'minutes22SallaiSubstituted forDemirovicat 79'minutesBooked at 113mins

Substitutes

    1Uphoff7Schmid11Demirovic18Petersen19Haberer25Sildillia29Jeong31Schlotterbeck33Weißhaupt

RB Leipzig

Formation 3-4-2-1

1Gulácsi2Simakan4Orban23Halstenberg16Klostermann27Laimer44Kampl39Henrichs10Forsberg18Nkunku33André Silva

    1Gulácsi2SimakanBooked at 58minsSubstituted forGvardiolat 113'minutes4Orban23HalstenbergBooked at 57mins16Klostermann27LaimerSubstituted forAdamsat 99'minutes44KamplBooked at 118minsSubstituted forOlmoat 69'minutes39Henrichs10ForsbergBooked at 82minsSubstituted forMukieleat 61'minutes18Nkunku33André SilvaSubstituted forSzoboszlaiat 61'minutes

Substitutes

    3Angelino8Haïdara9Poulsen14Adams17Szoboszlai22Mukiele25Olmo31Martínez32Gvardiol

Referee:Sascha StegemannAttendance:74,322Match StatsHome TeamFreiburgAway TeamRB LeipzigPossessionHome48%Away52%ShotsHome21Away15Shots on TargetHome5Away8CornersHome7Away4FoulsHome18Away14

Source: bbc.com

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