Julian Nagelsmann can continue to dream of a title to bid farewell to RB Leipzig after a dramatic cup fight. The Saxons won the semi-final thriller with 2: 1 (0: 0, 0: 0) after extra time at the much improved six-time cup winner Werder Bremen and moved into the finals in Berlin for the second time since 2019.
Despite the defeat, Florian Kohfeldt is allowed to continue working on the Weser after the committed performance of his team. The Werder bosses announced this immediately after the game. For the 38-year-old, the difficult duel was called for the final for his job after seven league defeats in a row.
“Of course we are interested in continuing with Florian Kohfeldt, you saw that today. We players can only give an answer on the pitch. We haven’t shown what we can do in the last few weeks. We have to address them Build on performance and we can’t decide anything else, “said Bremen’s Leonardo Bittencourt.
And Davie Selke added: “It was important that we as a team show a reaction. Compliments to Flo, I think it has not been easy for him the last few days. We can ignore all the empty phrases. After seven defeats in a row, he has it Team looked after this week and we showed such a performance. That’s answer enough. “
The hits of the jokers Hee-Chan Hwang (93rd) and Emil Forsberg (120th + 1) gave the favorite the acclaimed success. The opponent for the final on May 13th in the Olympic Stadium will determine on Saturday (8.30 p.m. in the LIVETICKER) runner-up Borussia Dortmund and second division Holstein Kiel. Leonardo Bittencourt (105th + 1) had equalized in the meantime.
Gräfe takes back penalty for Werder
Before the game, both clubs were turbulent. Leipzig announced the departure of Nagelsmann for a record transfer to Bayern Munich for the new season and signed Jesse Marsch (RB Salzburg) as his successor. At Werder, in a much-discussed decision from managing director Frank Baumann, Kohfeldt only got the trust for the cup cracker after hesitation.
With the kick-off in the Weserstadion, only the chance of the final counted. Werder, for the 23rd time in the round of the last four, was careful not to fall behind as early as in the 1: 4 in the Bundesliga duel three weeks ago and relied on a lot of physicality. The project worked out in the first round.
Leipzig hardly succeeded in converting the gambling assets into opportunities. A dangerous header from Alexander Sörloth, heavily parried by Jiri Pavlenka, was the exception (4th). But then Werder’s American Josh Sargent had the big chance to lead in the 29th minute. After a long ball, the 21-year-old prevailed strongly against Dayot Upamecano, but shot the ball past the goal without being pushed. Lucky for RB.
Werder was now in and was awarded a penalty by referee Manuel Grafe shortly before half-time, which he withdrew, however, according to the television images. Davie Selke was actively involved in a duel with Nordi Mukiele. With the tricky but correct decision, it went into the break.
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Orban, Konate, Upamecano – Mukiele, Kampl, Haidara (46th Nkunku, 114th Forsberg) – Dani Olmo, Sabitzer (74th Poulsen), Angelino (101st Henrichs) – Sörloth (90th Hwang)