RB Leipzig successfully defended their German Cup title and prevented a happy ending for outgoing Eintracht Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner. Coach Marco Rose’s team won the final match at the Berlin Olympic Stadium against Frankfurt 2-0 (0-0) on Saturday night and, like last year, won the German Football Association Cup. In contrast to Glasner, the season ended successfully for ÖFB players Konrad Leimer and Xavier Schlager.
Christopher Nkunku (71′) and Dominic Zuboszlai (85′) gave Leipzig their second victory in their fourth Saxon Cup final in the last five years with their goals. While Schlager came on as a substitute in the 78th minute, Leimer played in front of more than 70,000 spectators and saw a yellow card.
For Glassner, on the other hand, his two-year stint doesn’t end with a second title. Eintracht won the Europa League under Upper Austria last year. “I’m so grateful and proud to be the coach of such a group of players – and I’ll never forget that,” the 48-year-old said ahead of the final.
The match began with a minute’s silence for the 15-year-old footballer from Berlin who died a few days ago as a result of an assault at a youth tournament. After that, both camps again supported their teams, with a clear numerical advantage of Eintracht. However, Leipzig had the first chance, but Werner’s shot was very central and weak (fourth). On the opposite side, Randall Kolo Mwani fired the first warning shot (16′).
However, the final match remained poor in hilarious shots, while many fireworks were lit in the stands. Frankfurt were the most aggressive and increased the pressure in the second half. However, the goal fell on the other side when the Eintracht defense failed to make a case for the change in Leipzig. Nkunku fired after dribbling in the penalty area, but his shot was deflected and unstoppably hit Kevin Trapp’s goal.
Szoboszlai made the initial decision shortly before the finish. Once again the Hessians, who had to wait for their sixth cup victory, did not look good in defense. So the victorious “Diver” Glasner failed to achieve this time. Frankfurt missed participating in the European League and will compete internationally in the Conference League with a new coach next season. Leipzig qualifies for the Champions League through the league.
Leimer says goodbye to the Saxons by winning two cups. Salzburger is supposed to turn to the masters in Munich. For Schlager, this is the first title abroad.
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