Julian Nagelsmann will have the opportunity to say goodbye as Leipzig coach by winning a title, the German Cup, which would be the first in the club’s history. An Emil Forsberg goal qualified the Red Bull Arena team for the final after beating Werder Bremen 1-2 in extra time. Bayern, who were defending the title and of which Nagelsmann will be the new coach, were eliminated in the round of 32 after losing to Holstein Kiel (Second Division) on penalties (6-5 after a 2-2), in the great surprise of the tournament. Holstein Kiel will face Borussia Dortmund in the other semi-final on Saturday.
Neither Werder Bremen nor Leipzig had conceded a single in this edition of the German Cup. Werder Bremen, which is fighting for permanence in the Bundesliga (which is 4 points from relegation and only one point from the promotion), has won the cup tournament 6 times (the last in 2008-09) and fought until the end for reach a final again.
Despite their dominance, Leipzig could not create chances of real danger in the first half. The clearest of that period was a shot by Joshua Sargent for Werder Bremen. In the 44th minute the referee signaled a penalty against those of Nagelsmann, Nordi Mukiele on Davie Selke, but changed his mind after reviewing the play through the VAR.
Three shots from Leipzig to the wood
The truth is that Leipzig raised their revolutions after the break and hit the post up to 3 times. Willi Orban headed the ball off the crossbar. Leipzig, who beat Werder Bremen 1-4 in the Bundesliga on April 10 on 10 April, could not find the spring to score despite their intense dominance. Jean-Manuel Mbom snatched the ball from Mukiele on goal in a controversial action.
At the end of regulation time Theodor Gebre Selassie fired wide, but sowing concern in Leipzig. And in the discount Yussuf Poulsen (top scorer of this Cup, with 5 goals) was about to score with a first shot and, after a cross by Angeliño, with a header.
Already in extra time, in the 93rd minute, Hee-Chan Hwang completed a choral play by his team, started by Dani Olmo, to overtake Leipzig. But Werder Bremen was not going to give up: in the discount of the first half of extra time, after an error by Upamecano and a Gulacsi goal also missing, Leonardo Bittencourt leveled the score with a crossed shot with his left foot. And in the end Forsberg qualified Leipzig, through Hwang, when penalties were already being chewed.