RB Leipzig and FC Bayern are in the final of the DFB Cup. The Saxons secured their first ever participation in the final with a 3:1 victory over Hamburger SV. Record cup winner Bayern Munich won in a hard-fought match 3:2 in Bremen. The final will be played on 25 May in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
Leipzig had drawn the supposedly easiest lot in the draw. They had to go to the second division team in Hamburg. The Hanseats are currently fighting for promotion to the Bundesliga and are far from their best form. Leipzig, on the other hand, came in third in the standings and were the clear favourites. RB took the reins from the first minute of the match. HSV struggled to control the attacking guests. In the twelfth minute, the early lead fell to Yussuf Poulsen. The Leipzigers then gave away several top-class players and brought HSV back into the game. In the 24th minute Bakery Jatta scored a dream goal and equalised. After the change of sides, the second division team played courageously forward, but was not rewarded. In the 53rd minute Vasilije Janjicic directed the ball into his own goal. With the 2:1 the Leipzig team became stronger again. In the 73rd minute the decision was made, when Emil Forsberg finished.
Bavaria with strong brakemen
Leipzig celebrated with the 3:1 the first final entry ever. For the Bavarians, the next meeting with Werder was only four days after the home victory against Bremen on the program. In the Weser Stadium the Munich team faced a hopeful backdrop. The Bremen team showed in the early stages that they were determined to reach the final. It took the Bavarians a few minutes before they regained their ball-security against Bremen who had started early. Osako in the 19th and Klaassen in the 23rd minute missed good opportunities for the SVW before Bayern took control. In the 36th minute, Thomas Muller reached a ball that was actually not dangerous and brought it into the centre in an artistic way. From the post, the ball spoke to Robert Lewandowski, who was able to push it in to make it 1-0. After the half-time break, the Munich team wanted to decide the game. After some good chances it was Thomas Müller who was allowed to cheer. In the 63rd minute the 2:0.
In the end, the Bavarians could have finally decided the game, but the opportunities remained unused. Suddenly Werder came back into the game. In the 74th minute Osako scored the 1:2. The Bavarians had not even realized the follow-up goal, it was 2:2. Rashica scored after a solo run and let the Weser Stadium cheer. Only three minutes later a very controversial penalty kick made the decision. Kinsley Coman fell in a running duel with Theodor Gebre Selassie. The light contact was sufficient for Daniel Siebert, the video assistant did not intervene. Despite furious protests, the penalty was taken by Robert Lewandowski, who scored his second goal without any problems. The Bavarians still had one hundred percent chances afterwards, but James and Lewandowski left them unused. The 3:2 for the Munich team is well deserved. The penalty kick was discussed by both sides after the game, especially the Bremen players felt cheated of their final chance.