RB Leipzig won back-to-back German Cup titles with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday, with Christopher Nkunku scoring one second-half goal and setting up Dominik Szoboszlai for the other.
After an entertaining but even first half, in which Leipzig’s Timo Werner spurned a glorious early chance, Frankfurt looked to be on top but were stunned when Nkunku’s strike took a huge deflection off Evan Ndicka in the 71st minute.
The momentum was firmly back with Leipzig and Nkunku slipped in a low ball for the unmarked Szoboszlai, who found the far corner with a poised finish with five minutes remaining to seal the victory.
Leipzig followed up a third-placed finish in the Bundesliga with a second major trophy in as many seasons. Leipzig-born coach Marco Rose claimed his first silverware as manager in Germany.
Oliver Glasner’s final game in charge of Frankfurt was one to forget, however, as his uninspired side rarely threatened Leipzig.
The best opportunity of a first half fell to Werner in the fourth minute, but the striker could only muster a tame effort straight at goalkeeper Kevin Trapp after being set up by Szoboszlai following a rapid counter-attack.
Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani hit the side netting from a tight angle and Nkunku forced Tuta into a last-ditch block, but both teams struggled to find clear chances in a cagey first half.
Frankfurt improved after the break and Mario Gotze put Kolo Muani through on goal before volleying straight at Janis Blaswich, but Leipzig grabbed the opener against the run of play.
Nkunku cut inside past several Frankfurt defenders and shot from the edge of the penalty area, and his effort took two deflections before ending up in the net. He then turned provider for Szoboszlai to put the result beyond doubt.
The result meant Bayer Leverkusen, which finished sixth in the Bundesliga, qualified for the Europa League again after reaching the semifinals this season.
Frankfurt, who won the Europa League last year, would have qualified with a German Cup victory but will have to settle for the third-tier Europa Conference League.
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