News : DFB-Pokal: Borussia Dortmund wins the title because Erling towers over Haaland
The duel of the game: Erling Haaland, 20 years old from Borussia Dortmund, and Dayot Upamecano, 22 years old from RB Leipzig, are unusual players, not only because of their physical constitution, but above all because of their playing skills. In the DFB Cup final, both fought an epic fight in the first round, a duel of the refrigerators. It is all the more astonishing that Haaland first left his duel buddies in the 28th minute and then left them on the left in order to insert the interim 2-0. That evening, many Dortmund players stood out like Marco Reus, but one thing stood above all of them: Erling the great.
The result: Borussia Dortmund is the German cup winner for the fifth time. The final in front of empty stands in the Olympic Stadium was actually over with the break, and in the end it was 4: 1 (3: 0). Jadon Sancho (5th minute, 45th) and Haaland (28th, 88th) scored for Dortmund, Dani Olmo for Leipzig (71st). Click here for the match report.
Lawn ball legend wanted: Part of the procedure of a cup final is that deserving players from both final teams carry the pot into the stadium. BVB chose Kalle Riedle from its long list of legends. At RB you had to get a little more creative because of the twelve-year history of the club: Perry Bräutigam took on the role of ambassador who had never played for RB, but that turns out to be difficult when you end your active career seven years before the club was founded . After all, Bräutigam later worked as a goalkeeping coach for the Leipzig team.
The first half: The Leipzig problems in the first half were not only excellent playing Dortmund, but also their own ball losses. Kevin Kampl lost the ball to Reus in midfield (5th minute) before the early lead by a wonderful kick from Jadon Sancho, before Haaland’s 2-0 it was Hee-chang Hwang with a disaster pass, also in the foot of Reus ( 28.). Dortmund attacked early and, above all, aggressively, Emre Can could have seen referees other than the peace-loving Felix Brych after a quarter of an hour.
The humiliation: The third goal, the preliminary decision, resulted from Haaland holding the ball in midfield and Leipzig pressing focused on it, although Mahmoud Dahoud and Reus also played a few other good kickers in black and yellow. In front of keeper Péter Gulácsi, Reus turned to the right to Sancho, who hit an almost provocative hook against the last remnant of Leipzig’s remaining defense, Marcel Halstenberg, and sent the pitiful German national player into the unopened drinks booth before he pushed in (45 + 2) .
The admission: Julian Nagelsmann tapped a tablet almost angrily on the sidelines. For a brief moment, the 32-year-old no longer looked like the young trainer genius and the football tactical technology pioneer, but like a baby boomer whose Candy Crush high score just doesn’t want to fall. Nagelsmann had wanted to surprise Dortmund with two regular strikers, the dissolution of the dual leadership at the break was tantamount to an admission. In his most important game for the soon-to-be-ex-employer.
The second half: With the substitution of Yussuf Poulsen and Christopher Nkunku for the disappointing Alexander Sörloth and Hwang, Leipzig got better, so much better that you should regret the “preliminary decision” after just five minutes. Leipzig did not succeed more than the remarkable goal by Olmo, instead Dortmund repeatedly came to relief attacks, especially over the tireless Haaland, who was angry about every long blow from his colleagues that did not get into the run. After a counterattack, Haaland slipped away from the edge of the box, the ball spun into the goal – he even managed that.
But the children: Before the game, the DFB tried to divert the focus from the collapsing leadership. President Fritz Keller, General Secretary Friedrich Curtius, Treasurer Stephan Osnabrügge and Amateur Vice Rainer Koch announced their withdrawal. They did not want to comment in the context of the finals, they let a banner speak on the back straight, calling on politicians to open up amateur sport. The amateurs as a common denominator, one might think. But it seemed a bit like bringing the children forward at the end of a failed marriage. Instead of the obligatory handover of the trophy by association president Keller, two young footballers presented the trophy to Reus.