Last minute heartbreak in DFB-Pokal semi-finals

SVW lose 2-1 to RB Leipzig after extra time

[Translate to Englisch:] Leonardo Bittencourt zieht gegen Leipzig ab.
Leonardo Bittencourt’s equaliser wasn’t enough to force a penalty shootout (nordphoto).
Match Report
Friday, 30.04.2021 / 23:45

After recent below-par performances in the league, SV Werder delivered a gripping 120-minute fight against the favourites RB Leipzig in the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal. After a goalless 90 minutes, Hee-Chan Hwang opened the scoring in the 93rd minute, before Leonardo Bittencourt pulled Werder level (105+1’). However, it wasn’t to be for SVW as Emil Forsberg volleyed in late-on to prevent a penalty shootout and break Werder hearts (120+2’).

Line-up and formation: Head coach Florian Kohfeldt made three changes to the side that lost away at Union Berlin. Milos Veljkovic returned with a special, custom-made mask following his broken nose and replaced Marco Friedl, who was out with a hip injury sustained against the side from the capital. Davie Selke started in attack as Milot Rashica was forced to drop out of the match squad at short notice due to a minor adductor issue, while Ömer Toprak was not fit to start the clash against Julian Nagelsmann’s side.

Starting XI: Pavlenka, Augustinsson, Selke, Füllkrug, Veljkovic, Moisander, Sargent, Gebre Selassie, Mbom, Eggestein, Groß.

Substitutes: Zetterer, Möhwald, Osako, Bittencourt, Schmid, Erras, Rieckmann, Bargfrede, Dinkci.

Fighting hard from the first minute

[Translate to Englisch:] Josh Sargent versucht es mit einem Lupfer gegen RB Leipzig
Josh Sargent had the Green-Whites’ best opportunity of the half (nordphoto).

First half highlights:

4th minute: The first chance of the evening goes the way of the visitors as the ball is crossed in from the right onto the head of Alexander Sørloth. The striker heads it well but is denied by a superb save from Jiri Pavlenka!

6th minute: An opening for Josh Sargent as he is played through on goal down the right. The youngster shoots from an acute angle but Péter Gulácsi gets down well to parry to safety.

23rd minute: Sørloth is played through by Kevin Kampl and fires the ball across the Werder net and narrowly wide. It wouldn’t have counted anyway as the linesman’s flag was up.

30th minute: The best chance of the half so far! Josh Sargent breaks through the Leipzig defence and is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He opts to shoot right and watches his chipped volley drop inches wide. So close!

36th minute: Werder push forward again and win a corner, which Ludwig Augustinsson takes. The ball finds its way to the masked Milos Veljkovic and the Serbia international hooks a shot goalwards, but he cannot find the target.

44th minute: Drama on the stroke of half time! Davie Selke is tripped on the edge of the box by Nordi Mukiele as the pair chase the ball down and the referee points to the spot. However, the striker’s celebrations are short-lived as VAR intervenes to rule the penalty out, ensuring a goalless end to the first half.

Nothing to separate the teams after 90 minutes

[Translate to Englisch:] Yuya Osako steigt gegen Willi Orban zum Kopfball hoch
RB Leipzig were unable to get past the Werder defence in 90 minutes (nordphoto).

Second half highlights:

52nd minute: Nordi Mukiele is played in down the right into the Werder penalty area and unleashes powerful drive that beats Pavlenka and crashes against the far post and away to safety.

59th minute: Dani Olmo is brought down in a tangle of legs on the edge of Werder’s box and the referee awards a free kick in a promising position for the visitors. Angeliño steps up to take the free kick but it flies high and wide.

65th minute: Willi Orban rises highest in the box to crash a bullet header off the crossbar. The ball bounces up in front of the empty net and it looks like Nordi Mukiele will tap in, but Jean-Manuel Mbom produces a brilliant clearance to clear away.

70th minute: A great opportunity for substitute Yuya Osako, who has only been on the pitch for 30 seconds. The Japan international takes a long ball down well on his chest and spins to meet it on the volley, but the connection is bad and he slices it high into the night sky.

85th minute: Niklas Moisander breaks forward on the counter and attempts a cheeky chip over the head of Péter Gulácsi, but the Hungary international is able to catch the ball and play continues.

90+3rd minute: Willi Orban wins the header and nods it across goal to Yussuf Poulsen at the far post, who goes for goal. His attempt is just wide of the left-hand post.

Forsberg ends dreams of making Berlin

[Translate to Englisch:] Niklas Moisander hilft Ludwig Augustinsson auf die Beine
Werder's fighting performance was ultimately in vain (nordphoto).

Extra time highlights:

93rd minute: Goal for RB Leipzig. Substitute Hee-Chan Hwang controls a pass well and fires beyond Pavlenka to put Leipzig ahead early in extra time.

100th minute: Yuya Osako goes close after good link-up play with Leonardo Bittencourt, but he cannot squeeze the ball into the net.

105+1st minute: GOAL FOR WERDER! Leonardo Bittencourt takes advantage of a big error from Dayot Upamecano to run through and finishes brilliantly over the ‘keeper to put SVW level! Game on!

118th minute: Brilliant defending from the captain as he closes down Yussuf Poulsen and deflects the Denmark international’s effort behind for a corner that comes to nothing.

120+2nd minute: Goal for RB Leipzig. Absolute heartbreak for Werder as Forsberg volleys in from close range to win it for Leipzig.

Conclusion: A bitter end to the cup run for SV Werder. Florian Kohfeldt’s team gave Leipzig a good fight over two hours of football at the wohninvest WESERSTADION but it wasn’t to be for the Green-Whites. Everything was pointing to a penalty shootout but substitute Emil Forsberg broke Werder hearts with a 120th minute volley. Nevertheless, SVW showed good fighting spirit that they can build on in the remaining games of the season.

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