RB Leipzig are going back to Berlin! The Red Bulls reached their third consecutive DFB-Pokal final with a 5-1 victory over SC Freiburg.
RBL enjoyed a very impressive start to the game and took an early lead. Dani Olmo headed in a cross from Marcel Halstenberg (13’), before turning provider two minutes later, slipping a pass into the area for Benjamin Henrichs to find the bottom corner (15’).
Olmo registered his second of three first-half assists when he played a one-two with Dominik Szoboszlai, who scored the third goal in the 37th minute. Olmo then played in Christopher Nkunku for Leipzig’s fourth goal of the half just before the break (45+1’).
The second half was a less eventful affair until Joško Gvardiol was shown a straight red card on the hour mark for a professional foul (58’). Michael Gregoritsch pulled a goal back for the home side in the 75th minute, but Szoboszlai doubled his tally from the penalty spot after a foul on Mohamed Simakan (90+7’) to give RBL a 5-1 victory, taking them to their fourth DFB-Pokal final in five years.
Flekken – Lienhart, Eggestein (46' Keitel), Höler (76' Petersen), Kübler, Sildillia (20' Grifo), Höfler, Ginter, Günter (79' Weißhaupt), Gregoritsch, Doan (46' Sallai)
Unused subs: Atubolu, Gulde, Jeong, Röhl
Blaswich – Orbán, Olmo (61' Klostermann), Haidara, Werner (79' Poulsen), Szoboszlai, Nkunku (61' Simakan), Halstenberg (61' Raum), Laimer (87' Diallo), Gvardiol, Henrichs
Unused subs: Nyland, Forsberg, Silva
Sven Jablonski (Bremen)
0-1 Olmo (13'), 0-2 Henrichs (15'), 0-3 Szoboszlai (37'), 0-4 Nkunku (45'+1), 1-4 Gregoritsch (75'), 1-5 Szoboszlai (90'+7, penalty)
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Kübler (68'), Sallai (90'+4) - Nkunku (60'), Blaswich (68'), Laimer (85')
First half highlights:
Underway in Freiburg. Let's go, RBL!
Big chance! Olmo finds Nkunku through the middle, but he pushes his effort wide of the far post.
Doan cuts in from the right and shoots towards the bottom corner, but it’s just wide.
13TH MINUTE, GOOAALL FOR RBL:
YES! Early lead for RBL! Halstenberg picks up the ball and delivers a cross from the left, where Olmo heads into the far corner. 1-0!
15TH MINUTE, GOOOAALLLLLL FOR RBL:
Second shot on target, second goal! Werner comes inside and finds Olmo, who slips in Henrichs. He shoots with his left and finds the bottom right corner.
What a start! Freiburg react by introducing Vincenzo Grifo off the bench.
Laimer wins the ball and drives forward on the counter, but the home side can clear the danger.
37TH MINUTE, GOOAAALL FOR RBL:
What a goal! Szoboszlai plays a one-two with Olmo to get into the box before slotting into the bottom corner with a cool finish.
Gregoritsch gets the ball from Grifo and shoots from distance, but it’s narrowly wide of the target.
Nkunku has an effort from range but it’s wide of the post.
45+1ST MINUTE, GOOAAAL FOR RBL:
CHRISTO! Olmo gets his third assist of the first half! It’s a great diagonal ball into Nkunku’s feet and he finishes right-footed into the back of the net.
It's 4-0 at the break. What an incredible performance from RBL!
First half in photos
Second half highlights:
We’re back underway! No changes at the break.
Laimer forces Flekken into a save with a long-range shot.
The second half has started slowly, with RBL happy with their comfortable lead.
58TH MINUTE, RED CARD FOR RBL:
Gvardiol comes together with Gregoritsch on the edge of the area and after a VAR review, shows our centre back a straight red card.
Blaswich pulls off a good save to deny Grifo from the resulting free kick.
Marco Rose makes three changes, bringing on Klostermann, Simakan and Raum for Halstenberg, Olmo and Nkunku.
75TH MINUTE, GOOA AL FOR FREIBURG:
Sallai crosses from the right and finds Gregoritsch, who heads into the back of the net. 1-4.
Poulsen comes on for the closing moments, replacing Werner.
Seven minutes of injury time. Abdou Diallo is on for Laimer.
90+7TH MINUTE, PENALTY FOR RBL:
Kübler brings down Simakan in the area – penalty for Leipzig!
90+8TH MINUTE, GOOAAAL FOR RBL:
YES! Szoboszlai converts from the spot for his second of the game.
RB Leipzig are going back to Berlin!