What a final! Despite going behind early on, playing with ten men for 60 minutes and Freiburg hitting the woodwork three times in extra time, RB Leipzig held on to take the game to penalties and then brought the trophy back to Leipzig!
The entertaining clash between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg provided a number of interesting facts and stats aside from the aforementioned drama. Let’s take a look at the Matchday Facts!
- Our goalscorer in the final, Christopher Nkunku, had a hand in seven goals (4 goals, 3 assists) during the tournament. He therefore had the most goal involvements for RB Leipzig in the Pokal this season, whilst no other player was directly involved in more goals (Bayern’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was also involved in 7).
- Christo was directly involved in 55 goals in 52 games in all competitions in 2021/22. The Bundesliga’s Player of the Season was one of the most prolific players in Europe. He now holds the RBL record for most goal contributions in one season, having broken Timo Werner’s old record of 47.
- RB Leipzig scored four goals in the final 15 minutes of games in the Pokal this season – no side managed more goals during this period.
- The Bulls have now scored in each of their last 15 DFB-Pokal games, netting 39 times during this run.
- Leipzig scored 14 goals in the DFB-Pokal this season, only conceding two goals across their six games.
Facts on the coach:
- Domenico Tedesco, aged 36 years and 251 days, is the third-youngest coach to win the DFB-Pokal.
- Tedesco is the youngest coach since Hans-Dieter Tippenhauer to lift the trophy. Tippenhauer was aged 35 years and 250 days when he won it with Fortuna Düsseldorf in 1979.
Facts on the trophy:
- It weighs 5.7kg.
- The trophy is 52cm tall. It was made 5cm taller in 1991 to provide more space for team names to be engraved on the base.
- The Pokal is made of 210g pure gold and gold-plated sterling silver.
- Five players (Gulácsi, Orban, Halstenberg, Forsberg and Klostermann) that were at the club in the second division in 2016 featured in the final.
- RB Leipzig enjoyed 52% possession despite only having ten men for over 60 minutes!
- Tedesco’s team completed an impressive 79% of their passes.
- RBL were just ahead on Expected Goals: 1.6 to 1.45.
- Shots: Christopher Nkunku - 4
- Most challenges: Christopher Nkunku - 17
- Most touches: Mohamed Simakan - 123
- Most passes: Mohamed Simakan - 100
- Completed passes: Mohamed Simakan - 82