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2-1 in Bremen! Emil secures ticket to Berlin!

RB Leipzig reach DFB-Pokal final | Extra-time thriller in Bremen | Emil Forsberg with last-minute winner (120') | Hee-chan Hwang opens scoring (92'), Leonardo Bittencourt equaliser (105') | Captain Marcel Sabitzer makes return

WHAT A THRILLER! After an incredible cup battle against SV Werder Bremen, the Bulls are in the DFB-Pokal final! Emil Forsberg's 2-1 winner in the last minute of extra time sees the cup dream live on. Bring on Berlin on 13th May!
 
RBL were the better side and deserved more of the game from the first minute, but were dealt with two scares in the first half. Striker Josh Sargent first missed the target when through on Peter Gulácsi's goal (30'). On the stroke of half time, referee Manuel Gräfe pointed to the spot after a collision on the edge of the Leipzig penalty area, but rightly reversed the decision after a VAR review (44'). Therefore, the two sides went into the break scoreless.
 
The second half became even more intense. Neither team allowed much at either end and were robust in duels. The Red Bulls had Bremen pinned in their own half, but were denied by the woodwork (Orban, 64', Nkunku, 78') and a strong Jiri Pavlenka save in injury time. Substitute Hee-Chan Hwang finally gave RBL the lead (93'), before Werder's Leonardo Bittencourt equalised just before the interval (105'). Step in, Emil Forsberg! In the last minute, our number 10 on off the bench put the ball in the back of the net to book our ticket to Berlin (120')!

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Back again! It's been less than three weeks since our last trip to the Weser Stadium in Bremen. On the Matchday 28 of the Bundesliga, we won 4-1 here to take three points to Leipzig.
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Back in the starting XI: captain Marcel Sabitzer has overcome his injury problems to return to the lineup.
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Today's opponents have been struggling in the Bundesliga but have been quite convincing in the cup so far. Like RBL, Florian Kohfeldt's side are yet to concede a goal in this DFB-Pokal this season.
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4th minute: Angelino crosses with the outside of the foot to Sørloth, who heads goalwards. Jiri Pavlenka gets down and saves.
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4th minute: RB Leipzig continue to hunt the early lead! First a Sabitzer shot is blocked, then Dani Olmo shoots over from the edge of the area.
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5th minute: Werder get their first chance of the game. Josh Sargent's low shot does not cause Peter Gulácsi any problems.
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15th minute: The Bulls are dominating the game, enjoying more possession and scoring chances. However, there is no real breakthrough.
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28th minute: Sabitzer with a volley from distance, but our captain doesn't make correct contact and doesn't harm Pavlenka.
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30th minute: Huge chance for Werder! Sargent beats out Dayot Upamecano to get on the end of a long ball over the top and finds himself through one-on-one against Pete. Fortunately, the attacker misses the target to the right.
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44th minute: A late scare before halftime! Davie Selke collides with Nordi Mukiele in the penalty area and goes to ground. Referee Manuel Gräfe points to the spot, but reverses decision after VAR check.
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47th minute: It's been a slow start to the second half. A close tie but no real chances at either end.
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52nd minute: Mukiele shoots from a narrow angle and strikes the far post. However, the full back was in an offside position and the goal would not have counted.
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64th minute: Off the bar! Substitute Christopher Nkunku crosses from the left into the area. Willi Orban rises highest and heads onto the bar. A Bremen defender just manages to clear the ball ahead of the onrushing Mukiele, who was looking to turn in the rebound from close range. Very nearly the opening goal!
70th minute: Werder with their first chance of the half. Substitute Yuya Osako heads a cross wide of the left post.
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78th minute: Woodwork again! Nkunku meets an Angelino cross, but Pavlenka is able to push the the ball onto the left post.
89th minute: Suddenly Werder put on the pressure. First Selke tries to lob Gulacsi from range, but it's easy for the goalkeeper. Theodor Gebre Selassie then misses the target.
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90+3rd minute: Yussuf Poulsen comes so close! First, he misses just wide of the post with a header...
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... then a little later (94') he is denied by a spectacular save from Pavlenka, who saves his side in the final seconds. We'll be going to extra time.
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93rd minute: GOOOOAAAALLL for RBL! Hee-Chan Hwang gets the ball in the penalty area after a pass and slots the ball to the far side of Pavlenka. YES!

105th minute: The equaliser. Leonardo Bittencourt gets onto the ball after a mistake from Upamecano, takes a touch around the onrushing Pete and finishes smartly from distance.

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106th minute: Benjamin Henrichs with a fantastic solo run from halfway into the area. His shot is deflected into the side netting.
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112th minute: RBL give their all, but Bremen throw everyone behind the ball.
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120th minute: THERE IT IS! Emil Forsberg with the fantastic finish to a memorable game. Our number 10 is right on target after perfect header across goal from Hwang and volleys home from close range. YEEEESSSS!

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