A close call for Red Bull Salzburg on reaching the Austrian Cup Final, barely edging out Wolfsberger AC. Despite winning 3 – 1 on the first leg on Wednesday, with goals from Jérôme Onguéné, Moanes Dabour, and Takumi Minamino. The three goals came all late in the Second Half starting from the 87th minute, and all happening within minutes of each other.
Salzburg struggled in the second leg losing 2 – 1 but still managing to go onto the cup final on score differential. The only goal coming from Fredrik Gulbrandsen in the 66th minute. Despite the on reaching the final, Gulbrandsen was not happy with the result. ” We haven’t been playing at our best recently. We definitely have to change that, as we have the cup final on Wednesday. If we play like this, we will lose. We need to take a look in the mirror and play better than we did today.”
Marco Rose also lamented at the performance stating the team was not up to snuff. “We just didn’t play well today. Wolfsberger did the basics much better than us today, and we therefore deserved to lose. We didn’t play today in a way which would have deserved a win. I know my team. We will definitely perform differently on Wednesday.”
Salzburg play the Austrian Cup Final against SK Rapid Wien on Wednesday May 1st, and return to Austrian Bundesliga action on Saturday May 4th against FC Flyeralarm Admira.
For the first time in its club history RB Leipzig will be in the DFB-Pokal final, after a 3 – 1 win against Hamburger SV. Goals coming from Yussuf Poulsen and Emil Forsberg, along with a own goal from Vasilije Janjičić. Leipzig will play against current 1st place holders in the Bundesliga; FC Bayern München on May 25th.
Ralf Rangnick was overjoyed with the win and what it meant for the club. “This win is brilliant for all of us – for the players, for the fans and for Leipzig as a whole. We can be very proud of what we’ve achieved in just our third year of Bundesliga football. We now have the chance in the final to win the Pokal and of course that’s now what we want to do.”
Poulsen was elated that he can give the team and the fans something to be happy for. “We’re unbelievably proud to be in the final. I’ve been at this club for a long time and have been allowed to be a part of this special journey. What’s nicer is that we’ll now get to experience a special match in Berlin. It will be special for us all – the players, the club and the fans.”
The week only got more exciting for Leipzig, as they sealed Third place in the Bundesliga with the possibility to take second place. As well as being confirmed to the Champions League. This comes off a 2 – 1 win against SC Freiburg. Goals coming from Timo Werner in the 19th minute and Emil Forsberg in the 78th after converting a penalty kick.
Ralf Ragnick commented on the game toughness. “Freiburg made life extremely difficult for us. It was a tough afternoon and an intense game for both sides. In the 1st half, we still had Tuesday’s game in our legs, but we improved in the 2nd half.”
Additionally he commented on the run that Leipzig is having, and the tremendous performance the team is having as of late.
“It was important for us to make everything certain today. We’ve secured Champions League football, reached third in the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal final. The lads can be very proud of themselves. It’s a fantastic result!”
Leipzig continue with more Bundesliga action on Friday May 3rd facing off against FSV Mainz 05, including that match there are only three regular Bundesliga matches left in the season.