Borussia Dortmund have won the DFB-Pokal title over RB Leipzig. The German giants have become champions last night at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, with a 1-4 win over Leipzig.
Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland both scored braces to give Dortmund an unbeatable four-goal lead.
The First Half
Die Schwarzgelben quickly started their attack in the game. Dortmund players pressed high up the pitch early, and lo, they scored a brilliant goal in the fifth minute itself.
After a Mahmoud Dahoud pass, Jadon Sancho found the back of the net. He curled in a sublime shot from a tight space just inside the box.
Dortmund continued to dominate play and soon won the ball in midfield. Marco Reus set up Erling Haaland, who was free to run toward the Leipzig goal.
For a while, center back Dayot Upamecano had seemingly closed the angle. But Haaland stopped to cut the ball back onto his left foot and sent Upamecano flying off his shoulder to the floor.
Haaland then smashed it past goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and the goal doubled Dortmund’s lead by 2-0.
However, Dortmund were far from done. As Leipzig strengthened their lines, Dahoud was able to pass to captain Marco Reus, free behind the Leipzig back line.
Racing toward the goalpost, Reus was able to distract lone defender Marcel Halstenberg and goalkeeper Gulacsi. He then passed to Sancho to his right, who tapped the ball in at the exact stroke of half-time.
The Second Half
It wouldn’t be a classic Borussia Dortmund-RB Leipzig game if Leipzig didn’t mae a comeback.
Here too, that is exactly what happened during the second half, after the introduction of Christopher Nkunku.
Julian Nagelsmann sent Nkunku off the Leipzig bench and effectively changed the game, but only a bit.
Just 30 seconds into the second half, Nkunku nearly netted a goal after a great far post run. However, he managed to only hit the crossbar.
Overall, Die Roten Bullen were first to every challenge and were winning every 50/50 ball. So, they were downright unlucky not to score earlier in the match.
Their singular goal arrived as late as the 71st minute when Emre Can offered a poor challenge outside the box.
Then, the ball fell to Dani Olmo, who crushed a beautiful left-footed effort. It flew past Roman Bürki. could do nothing about it. Unfortunately,
A late Haaland goal in the 87th minute showed that Dortmund possessed firepower that day that Leipzig just did not.
So, once again, Borussia Dortmund have won the DFB-Pokal title, over RB Leipzig this time.