RB Leipzig 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai on target to secure repeat German Cup win
Baku, June 4, AZERTAC
RB Leipzig defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the DFB-Pokal final to lift the trophy for the second successive season, with Christopher Nkunku playing a starring role, according to Eurosport.
The best chance of a tense first half fell to Timo Werner in the fourth minute, but the striker could muster only a tame effort which was easily saved after being slipped one-on-one by Dominik Szoboszlai at the end of a rapid counter-attack.
Frankfurt improved after the break and found themselves in the ascendancy. Mario Gotze came closest to scoring for the team in white, but volleyed straight at the goalkeeper.
Eintracht were left to rue not making their dominance pay as they were hit with a sucker-punch goal 20 minutes from time. Nkunku cut inside past several defenders before shooting and the effort was twice deflected before finding the net, with Kevin Trapp left stranded.
Nkunku turned provider in the closing moments, setting up Szoboszlai to double the lead with an assured finish and make sure of a Leipzig victory.
It is only Leipzig's second DFB-Pokal triumph, but they have now won back-to-back finals after being on the losing side in 2019 and 2021.
For Eintracht Frankfurt, defeat also means they must settle for a place in next season's Europa Conference League. Bayer Levekusen instead qualify for the Europa League based on a sixth-place finish in the Bundesliga.