A tough pill to swallow. RB Leipzig come up just short against FC Bayern after a penalty shootout ended 5-4 in the favour of the visitors in this DFB-pokal classic.
It was a cup clash which was full of drama. The 42,588 fans at the sold out RB-Arena paid witness to a game that had it all.
Both teams went into the game without holding back, although Leipzig had more and more control of things as the opening stages rolled on. The biggest moment of the first half came when referee Felix Zwayer changed his decision from a penalty to a free kick placed just outside the box. Forsberg hit the woodwork with the following set piece.
The second half was just as action-packed, and both teams continued to fight. Naby Keita was sent off in the 54th minute after picking up his second yellow, but RBL didn't give up. In fact, Emil Forsberg gave them the lead shortly after in the 68th minute after a penalty decision went in the favour of the home side. Bayern were only behind for a matter of minutes though, as Thiago equialised in the 73rd minute. Bayern grew into the game more and more, but Leipzig defended admirably. Extra time was needed to separate them.
FC Bayern pushed hard for a second goal, but Peter Gulácsi had other ideas. His amazing double save to deny Thiago and Joshua Kimmich in quick succession kept Leipzig in the game (100').
Die Roten Bullen fed off this momentum to create some fantastic chances on the counter in the second half of extra time, but there were no more goals to be scored before the final whistle. Penalties. All of the players scored from the spot apart from TImo Werner, who was denied by Sven Ulreich in the Bayern goal. As a result, it finished 5-4 in the shootout and Bayern progress to the third round of the cup.
- Ralph Hasenhüttl made four changes to his side to face FC Bayern: Marcel Halstenberg, Dayot Upamecano, Kevin Kampl and Jean-Kévin Augustin made their return to the starting eleven.
- Stefan Ilsanker (broken toe) and Bruma (thigh) missed the game due to injuries.
Gulásci – Bernardo, Orban (C), Upamecano, Halstenberg – Forsberg (108. Klostermann), Kampl, Keita, Sabitzer (101. Laimer) – Augustin (57. Demme), Poulsen (80. Werner)
FC Bayern Munich:
Ulreich – Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba – Tolisso (88. Rafinha), Thiago (101. Wriedt), Vidal (57. Rudy) – Robben (C), Lewandowski, Coman (60. Martínez)
Felix Zwayer (Berlin)
1-0 Forsberg (68', Penalty), 1-1 Thiago (73')
– | Boateng (1), Vidal (1), Kimmich (1), Thiago (1)
42.558 at the Red Bull Arena (sold out)