Werder Bremen – RasenBallsport Leipzig: Forsberg Goal Brings Leipzig One Step Closer to Cup Glory (1-2)
A stalemate in regular time produced a goal-laden period of extra time, as Werder Bremen’s defensive approach could not withstand RB Leipzig’s relentless assault. With Emil Forsberg’s late, late goal, Leipzig take a big step towards the kind of success they have long coveted, with only ninety minutes against Borussia Dortmund standing between the club and its first piece of silverware.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
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