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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

RB Leipzig – SC Freiburg 3: 1: RB is moving towards the CL places

Bundesliga surprise team SC Freiburg has lost ground in the hunt for leaders Bayern Munich. In this year’s DFB Cup final, coach Christian Streich’s team lost 3-1 (0-0) to in-form cup champion RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening. As a result, the Breisgauer, who had recently won three times in a row, are four points behind the record champions.

RB defender Mohamed Simakan (54th), star striker Christopher Nkunku (56th) with his twelfth goal of the season and Emil Forsberg with a penalty kick (78th) brought the Freiburg team their third defeat of the season, Lukas Kübler (66th) scored for the guests . Previously, the string team had only lost to Bayern (0:5) and Borussia Dortmund (1:3).

“Overall, the performance was just not good enough,” said SC professional Nicolas Höfler, who caused the penalty by an alleged foul sky. The referee’s whistle was an “absolute joke”, criticized Höfler. “Nkunku has gotten penalties against us time and time again in recent years – in my opinion, very few of them were justified.”

Streich also criticized the penalty decision and also indirectly criticized Nkunku, who in his eyes falls too easily. “I don’t know how many times there’s been a touch against a certain player in the last five or six games. Penalties are awarded every time. I’ve always thought that fouls lead to a penalty and if there’s a touch, why do you whistle? You have someone who can watch it in the video. No, the whistle goes straight away and that’s the end of the game,” said Streich.

SC goalkeeper Mark Flekken couldn’t understand the decision either. “With all love, when I see the scene, you should whistle for every hold and every corner kick situation. As long as the referees understand it, but I don’t understand it,” said the Dutch national keeper.

The Leipzig team, who started so weakly and have not been defeated for twelve competitive games, are now very close to the Champions League ranks. Coach Marco Rose’s team even overtook BVB with 25 points and is now within striking distance of SC (27).

“It’s a big task ahead of us. We need a great day and maybe a bit of luck,” Streich warned before the game. And the people of Freiburg took advantage of that early on. If the Leipzig team had lost their teeth despite their superiority in ball possession on the five-man chain, the SC had the second-best defense in the league to date, things suddenly happened very quickly.

After a quick free kick by Dominik Szoboszlai, Christopher Nkunku (16′) was free and lobbed the ball against the outside of the post. Bitter for RB: Shortly thereafter, defender Josko Gvardiol (23rd) had to be replaced with a suspected broken nose. He heard the same thing, said RB coach Marco Rose.


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