After losing finals in 2019 (against Bayern Munich) and 2021 (Borussia Dortmund), RB Leipzig has now won the DFB-Pokal. In the cup final in Berlin it was against the SC Freiburg of goalkeeper Mark Freken after extra time 1-1, after which Leipzig won the penalty series 4-2.
Freiburg, which was in the final for the first time, came 1-0 via a pin from Maximilian Eggenstein. Orange international Flek then kept Emil Forsberg and Willi Orban from the 1-1 and Keven Schlotterberg did the same by reversing a bet by Leipzig top scorer Christopher Nkunku.
Leipzig had to continue with ten men fifteen minutes after the break after a red tackle by Marcel Halstenberg, but forced an extension thanks to a tapper at the far post by Nkunku, who reacted alertly to a header from Orban. With a clever response to a shot from close range, Fleks prevented Leipzig from hitting within regular time.
In extra time, Freiburg was close to 2-1, but the post and crossbar stood in the way of success. The cold shower followed in the penalty shootout. Captain Christian Günter shot high and Ermedin Demirovic hit the crossbar, while Leipzig remained clear.