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RB Leipzig eliminate Hamburg to reach first German Cup final

RB Leipzig eliminate Hamburg to reach first German Cup final
By Reuters

23/04/2019 at 22:42Updated 23/04/2019 at 22:52

RB Leipzig eased past Hamburg 3-1 to reach the German Cup final for the first time in their history.

Leipzig, formed by energy drinks maker Red Bull 10 years ago as a fifth division club, will now face the winners of Wednesday's semi-final between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen for a shot at the club's first silverware.

Yussuf Poulsen headed the visitors in front in the 12th minute but Bakery Jatta's audacious strike from outside the box caught Peter Gulacsi off guard to level for the hosts.

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Hamburg, battling to return to the Bundesliga next season after last year's relegation, were a step slower than their opponents.

Leipzig, who hit the woodwork three times, went back ahead eight minutes after the restart with Vasilije Janjicic's own goal.

Emil Forsberg then threaded in his shot in the 72nd to make sure of their maiden final appearance.

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