Leipzig joined Freiburg, Eintracht Frankfurt and Stuttgart in the semifinals thanks to Timo Werner’s first-half strike and Willi Orban’s counterattack goal. In last year’s final, Leipzig defeated Freiburg to win their first major trophy.
Under former Dortmund coach Marco Rosé, Leipzig dominated from start to finish after losing their previous three matches in all competitions.
We did not deserve to win today’s game, said Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt. We were very lucky to get through even the first 10 minutes without conceding a goal.
The visitors had only Gregor Kobel to thank early in the game for holding Leipzig back, but in the 22nd minute the goalkeeper was finally defeated when Mohamed Simakan dashed past Mats Hummels and passed the ball to Werner, who headed it into the left post. Simakan’s speed played a crucial role against a sluggish Dortmund defense.
Werner should have made the score 2-0 later when all he had to do was beat Kobel, but the Leipzig striker crossed the ball to Konrad Laimer instead of striking, and the chance was missed. It was one of several missed opportunities for Leipzig, which had 14 shots on goal in the first half alone versus one for the visitors.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzic released Yussuf Mukoko on the pitch in the second half when the visitors improved, but in the end it was Leipzig that had the better chances to get a result. Kobel deflected Lymer’s shot in the 78th minute.
The only shot on goal for Dortmund came in the compensatory time, when Janis Blasvic made an excellent save on the ball by substitute Jamie Bynoe-Gittens.
Kobel hit a free kick as the visitors desperately looked to tie the score, but Orban converted on the counterattack to seal the win.
Dortmund, which beat Leipzig in the 2021 final, was without German defender Nico Schlotterbeck and Ivorian striker Sebastien Haller, both injured. Jude Bellingham came on as a substitute and Karim Adeyemi was suspended.
Earlier, Stuttgart beat second division team Nuremberg 1-0 away in Sebastian Hoeness’s debut match as Stuttgart coach.
Freiburg knocked Bayern out of the tournament on Tuesday. The draw for the semifinals will take place on Sunday.