Leipzig come up just short against Bayern on penalties

The RB-Arena was sold out | Forsberg put RBL in front from the spot in the 68th minute | Thiago equalised frp Bayern in the 73rd | Extra time ended goalless | Ulreich saves the deciding penalty from Werner

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. 

Both teams fought for every ball
The RB-Arena was sold out for the DFB-Pokal second round clash


  • 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.
Our starting XI for tonight's game


RB Leipzig:
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')

Penalty shootout:
1-0 Lewandowski
1-1 Bernardo
2-1 Alaba
2-2 Kampl
3-2 Hummels
3-3 Halstenberg
4-3 Rudy
4-4 Orban
5-4 Robben

Yellow cards:
– | Boateng (1), Vidal (1), Kimmich (1), Thiago (1)

Red cards:
Keita (54')

42.558 at the Red Bull Arena (sold out) 

Penalty or free kick? Felix Zwayer decided on the latter in the 34th minute
Naby Keita sees red in the 54th minute
Emil Forsberg made sure from the spot in the 68th minute
Jubilant celebrations which ultimately were for nothing
RBL legend Tim Sebastian was interviewed by Tim Thoelke
A warm welcome for ex-RBL player Joshua Kimmich
DFB-Pokal 2nd round
RB Leipzig


(4-5 pens.)

FC Bayern München
25th Oct, 20:45
Red Bull Arena , Leipzig

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