A lot of struggle, a lot of cramping – but in the end it doesn’t matter for RB Leipzig: Leipzig won a boring DFB Cup final 2-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The defending champion did it again: RB Leipzig won a largely uneventful DFB Cup final against Frankfurt 2-0 (0-0), apart from constant kicks from Eintracht fans. Christopher Nkunku led Leipzig to the victory in the 71st minute. Dominik Szoboszlai scored in the 85th minute.
Leverkusen instead of Frankfurt in the Europa League
Eintracht, who last won the trophy in 2018, will compete in the playoffs for the Conference League next season due to the loss. Frankfurt finished the Bundesliga season in seventh place, but would have qualified for the Europa League had they won the trophy.
Bayer Leverkusen is now moving there because Leipzig, who finished third in the Bundesliga, has qualified for the Champions League.
Leipzig with an early chance
Leipzig could have taken the lead early on. After Frankfurt lost the ball, Szoboszlai dribbled the ranks and found Timo Werner (4th) with a quick pass. However, his result seemed like a better comeback, with Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp having no problems.
RB could hardly think of any offense after Werner chance, while Eintracht had more of the game at this stage – they seemed dependent on Randal Kolo Muani. The situation became dangerous when the French (15 Bundesliga goals) invited the Leipzig defense to dance.
Kolo Muani side nets
The same was true when the 24-year-old dived into the penalty area and shot into the side net (16′) after a mistake by Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann.
Explaining that he wanted to “enjoy” his last evening as Eintracht coach, Oliver Glasner seemed glued to the edge of the coaching zone at this stage. The Austrian corrected his players with gestures over and over, cheering them up and hurt when something went wrong.
level remains modest
And he should have been almost outright annoyed. All of a sudden Konrad Laimer, who would probably go to Bayern, found Nkunku (42nd), who would go to Chelsea. But his shot definitely bounced. corner instead of 1:0.
The game was mixed in the second half. The defenses dominated until Mario Götze found a good stage. After knocking Kolo Muani down, he scored a volley, while RB goalkeeper Janis Blaswich (64th) parried.
Ultimately, an individual performance was required for a goal. Nkunku’s lucky shot after a great dribble changed direction twice so Trapp could only watch the ball fly into the net. Shortly after, Nkunku Szoboszlai played a crucial free ball inside the penalty area.
Fans shoot and shoot
Fireworks and pyrotechnics have repeatedly disrupted the atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium. During the break, Frankfurt fans fired a few flares towards the field, and loud fireworks were heard from the Eintracht block throughout the game.
A large cloud of smoke emerged from the Leipzig supporters’ block during the time-out, which briefly restricted visibility inside the penalty area. The start of the second half was delayed by several minutes.
Police filed a complaint
Even before kick-off, Eintracht supporters had thrown flares on the grass. About three-quarters hours before kick-off, the two of them flew onto the grass as Kevin Trapp and the backup goalkeepers warmed up. Loud crackling sounds were also heard. Police said that when they entered the Olympic Stadium, they should file a criminal complaint for pyrotechnics.
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