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Leipzig are next in action against Mainz on the road in their Bundesliga clash at the weekend, still needing further points to secure a Champions League place for next term. Hamburg continue their push for promotion from Bundesliga 2 against Union Berlin away on Sunday.
RB Leipzig advance to the DFB-Pokal final for the first time in their history courtesy of a 3-1 win over Hamburg this evening. The visitors took the lead in the 12th minute through Yussuf Poulsen, but were pegged back when Bakery Jatta curled home an equaliser. Ralf Rangnick's men were able to up the ante in the second half and Poulsen played another vital role in his side's second goal as his low cross was sent into the net by Hamburg defender Vasilije Janjicic. Emil Forsberg hit the bar before killing off the contest with a fine strike into the bottom corner. It deflated the home side, allowing Leipzig to ease their way over the line in the final 20 minutes. Leipzig will play the winner of the contest between Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich in the final.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: HAMBURG 1-3 RB LEIPZIG
90' + 3'
Demme replaces Kampl for the dying stages of the match to see out the win for the visitors.
90' + 1'
OVER! Leipzig break on the counter through Halstenberg and he offloads to Haidara on the edge of the box. The midfielder goes for the strike, only to blast his attempt narrowly over the bar.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Sabitzer makes way for Haidara in the late stages of the contest.
The visitors can afford to give away cheap free-kicks in the Hamburg half to stymie their momentum in the late stages. Werner does just that to kill time off the clock.
The home side have to get the ball forward, but the Leipzig defence has been solid in the second half.
Halstenberg and Lasogga collide in the air and it results in both players requiring treatment before the game can continue. It came after the Hamburg striker guided Douglas Santos' cross harmlessly wide of the post.
Poulsen slips as he tries to challenge Jung and wipes out the midfielder. The referee does not book the forward, much to the annoyance of the home fans.
The visitors are doing a fine job at the back of taking the pace out of the game. Frustration is setting in for Hamburg.
Holtby replaces Mangala for the home side. Hamburg need his composure in the middle of the park.
Laimer leads a surge forward from the back for the visitors. He offloads under pressure to Werner, who goes for a strike at goal from distance, only to be denied by a good block from Van Drongelen.
Time is running out for the home side to get back into the game. They simply cannot afford to miss opportunities of that nature.
CHANCE! Jung has a huge opportunity to get his side back into the contest from close range, but he loses his footing at the vital moment and smashes his strike over the bar after being teed up by Jatta in the box.
Mukiele replaces Forsberg for the visitors, a minute after the midfielder put his team in control of the contest.
Hunt comes on to the field for the home side to replace Janjicic. It has not been the best of games from the defender.
Laimer works the ball to Forsberg on the edge of the box before the midfielder does the rest with a fine strike.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! FORSBERG FIRES HOME!!! 3-1 LEIPZIG!!! Forsberg scores a super effort to put Leipzig in command of the contest. Laimer works the ball to his team-mate on the edge of the box. The midfelder takes a touch to create space for a strike at goal. Unlike his previous attempt that struck the bar, he opts for a low drive that beats the outstretched hand of Pollersbeck and crashes into the bottom-left corner.
OFF THE BAR! Forsberg should put his side two goals ahead, only to strike the bar with his effort from inside the box. Klostermann had done brilliantly to surge down the right flank before cutting the ball back for his team-mate. The midfielder took a touch before firing at goal on his right foot, but he was denied by the woodwork.
Hwang replaces Vagnoman on the flank for the home side. Hamburg need more from their creative players.
Vagnoman raids down the left flank and clips a dangerous cross to the back post. However, Halstenberg is well placed to edge out Narey to clear for the visitors.
Halstenberg tries to release Werner on the edge of the box, but the forward takes a poor touch and loses out to Janjicic.
Werner collects on the right flank and tries to twist and turn his way past his man. He fires a low cross into the middle towards Poulsen, but Pollersbeck is off his line to gather at the near post.
The home side need to get Jatta and Douglas Santos on the ball once again as they were in the first half. Leipzig are controlling proceedings too easily in the second period.
Jatta clatters into Halstenberg giving away a cheap free-kick in the final third when the Leipzig left-back had nowhere to turn.
Forsberg floats a cross into the box, but the home side are able to clear the danger. Hamburg are being made to work hard at the back.
Janjicic fouls Forsberg on the charge and hands Leipzig a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Orban brings down Lasogga from behind and goes into the book. It was not a great challenge from the Leipzig skipper.
Halstenberg lines up an effort from distance, but Pollersbeck gets down to make a comfortable save from his strike from the left flank.
Hamburg have played well in the final third, but are going to have to take their game to the next level to get back into the contest again.
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! JANJICIC PUTS THE BALL INTO HIS OWN NET!! 2-1 LEIPZIG!!! The visitors regain the lead as the Hamburg defender can only steer the ball into his own net on the goalline. Kampl opened up the home side's defence with a fine ball over the top for Poulsen. The forward guided the ball across the face of goal where Janjicic had to take action otherwise Werner would have been presented with a tap in. However, he failed to put it past the post, finding the back of the net instead.
Vagnoman breaks down the left flank and goes for the cutback, but his cross is cleared by the visitors ahead of Narey in the middle.
Jatta goes on the charge down the right inside channel, but he fouls Orban in his desperation to get past the Leipzig defender.
Klostermnan pulls back Vagnoman on the charge down the left flank. The referee awards a free-kick, but again refrains from using his cards.
Narey collects almost immediately and sends a first-time cross into the box for Lasogga to chase, but the ball just evades the forward, allowing the visitors to clear their lines.
We're back underway in this semi-final clash.
Hamburg had a slow start to the contest, but grew into the game as the half progressed. Khaled Narey could have put them ahead, but he spurned two good chances, placing two attempts wide of the post. Hannes Wolf will be hopeful that his side do not come to rue those missed opportunities come the end of the game.
It's all square at the break in the DFB-Pokal semi-final clash between Hamburg and RB Leipzig. The visitors took the lead in the 12th minute when Yussuf Poulsen headed home from Marcel Halstenberg's corner. Leipzig came close to extending their advantage, but Poulsen and Marcel Sabitzer struck the post twice from close range. They would pay for their lack of clinical edge when Kevin Kampl was closed down at the back by Bakery Jatta. Jatta curled his effort over Peter Gulacsi, although the Leipzig keeper should have done better to keep the ball out. The game remains in the balance at the interval.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME: HAMBURG 1-1 RB LEIPZIG
There will be one minute of added time.
SAVE! Douglas Santos continues to impress. He drops his shoulder to create space for a strike at goal from 25 yards. The Brazilian gets power on his attempt, but Gulacsi gets down to make the stop.
Laimer tries to thread the ball through to Forsberg in the box, but the midfielder is caught offside as he tries to release Poulsen with a cross.
CHANCE! Douglas Santos releases Narey into the box with a precise throughball in the middle of the box. The winger goes for the strike on his left foot and takes it first time, only to place his effort inches wide of the post.
Sabitzer sticks out a leg and brings down Douglas Santos in the middle of the park. The Leipzig midfielder is fortunate not to go in the book.
It's an important time for the home side before the break. They're in a good position, but they cannot afford any mistakes.
OVER! Halstenberg digs out a cross from the left flank towards Poulsen in the middle. The forward directs his header back to Werner to take on the strike on the half-volley. However, the German only slice his attempt over the bar.
Hamburg are coming into the game in the final third due to the quality of their flair players. Jatta and Narey are creating a lot of problems for the visitors.
CHANCE! Jatta and Douglas Santos combine down the left and the latter swing a dangerous cross to the back post. Narey times his run well and he makes contact with a left-footed strike. However, it skims off his boot and travels wide of the target.
Hamburg hold firm from a couple of dangerous crosses into the box from set-pieces. The hosts have not been convincing in their defensive duties thus far.
Werner speeds his way down the left flank and and goes for the cross towards the back post. Douglas Santos has to act to prevent Klostermann latching on to the cross, steering the ball behind.
CLOSE! Douglas Santos' free-kick is cleared by the visitors and it allows them to counter with pace. Werner weaves his way through a plethora of white shirts before entering the box in a central position. He goes for the strike on his right foot, but pulls his attempt wide of the post.
Laimer brings down Jatta down the left flank and the referee awards a free-kick to the home side.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! JATTA CURLS HAMBURG BACK INTO THE GAME! 1-1!!! The home side are level, but Leipzig are the architects of their own downfall. Jatta puts Kampl under pressure and the midfielder steals possession down the left flank. He spots Gulacsi off his line and goes for the curling strike over the Leipzig keeper. Jatta strikes the ball well, but Gulacsi should still save the effort. However, he mistimes his jump and his hand can only guide the ball into the back of the net. Hamburg are back in the contest.
Vagnoman goes on the charge down the left flank, but his progress is halted by good work from Klostermann in the box to regain possession for the visitors.
Sabitzer probes in the final third and he stabs a throughball towards Werner and Poulsen to chase. However, Pollersbeck is alert to the danger and scampers off his line to gather ahead of both forwards.
Forsberg puts pressure on the home side down the right flank and he cuts the ball back towards Werner to take on a strike, but his effort is saved by Pollersbeck.
OFF THE POST TWICE!! Leipzig come within inches of doubling their lead. Werner opens up the home side down the left with a run and precise cross into the middle. Poulsen sticks out a leg to guide his strike towards goal, only to be denied by the post. Werner gathers the rebound and forces another low ball towards goal. It rebounds towards Sabitzer, but from a tight angle the midfielder can only turn his attempt off the post. Hamburg somehow survive.
Leipzig have come out with a strong intent in the opening stages of the game. Hamburg have to hold firm to keep themselves in the contest.
Halstenberg puts his cross on the money to allow Poulsen to head home.
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!! POULSEN PUTS LEIPZIG AHEAD!!! 1-0!!! The Leipzig forward puts his effort away. Halstenberg takes the resulting corner and sends a pinpoint delivery into the middle. Poulsen gets free of his man to leave himself unmarked. He guides his header low through a crowd of players, which allows the ball to travel under Pollersbeck to find the net.
Janjicic gives the ball away at the back and it allows Kampl to release Poulsen. The forward goes for the strike, but Lacroix gets across to divert his effort behind for a corner.
Janjicic lifts the ball over the top of the Leipzig defence, only for Narey to be caught offside as he tries to bring it under control.
Laimer takes a neat touch in the final third to break into the right inside channel. He clips a cross into the box, but Lacroix heads the ball clear.
WIDE! Forsberg opens up the Hamburg defence with a weaving run down the left flank before backheeling the ball into the path of Halstenberg. The wing-back takes on the drive first time, but he places his effort wide of the target.
Jatta makes a surge down the right flank and he fires a low ball into the middle, but Klostermann is well placed to clear the danger from the box.
Narey tries to make a break into the Leipzig half, but he fouls Konate in the process, handing a free-kick to the visitors.
The visitors apply pressure from the off and win a corner. Pollersbeck punches the ball clear from the delivery, but Konate heads the ball back towards the middle. Sabitzer tries to take a strike on the turn, but fails to connect with his attempt.
We're underway in this semi-final clash.
Leipzig can reach the DFB-Pokal final for the first time in their history with a win this evening.
There are two changes for Leipzig from their win over Monchengladbach at the weekend. Cunha and Mukiele drop out of the side to be be replaced by Poulsen and Orban, who slides back into the defence to captain the team.
Hamburg have made three changes to their side that drew against Erzgebirge Aue last time out. Vagnoman comes into the side in place of Sakai on the right side of the defence. Jung also comes into the fold in the middle of the backline, while Lasogga is preferred to Wintzheimer to lead the line.
RB LEIPZIG SUBS: Amadou Haidara, Stefan Ilsanker, Matheus Cunha, Marius Muller, Nordi Mukiele, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Diego Demme.
RB LEIPZIG (3-1-4-2): Peter Gulacsi; Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate, Lukas Klostermann; Kevin Kampl; Konrad Laimer, Marcel Sabitzer, Emil Forsberg, Marcel Halstenberg; Yussuf Poulsen, Timo Werner.
HAMBURG SUBS: David Bates, Lewis Holtby, Tom Mickel, Aaron Hunt, Manuel Wintzheimer, Hee-Chang Hwang, Gotuku Sakai.
HAMBURG (5-4-1): Julian Pollersbeck; Josha Vagnoman, Leo Lacroix, Gideon Jung, Rick van Drongelen, Douglas Santos; Khaled Narey, Vasilije Janjicic, Orel Mangala, Bakery Jatta; Pierre-Michel Lasogga.
Leipzig enter the semi-final with momentum courtesy of an unbeaten run of 15 matches in all competitions. Ralf Rangnick's men have won their last six matches on the bounce, including an impressive away win over Borussia Monchengladbach last time out. They have beaten an fine array of opponents on their way to the last four, seeing off Viktoria Koln, Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg and Augsburg in the last round via a penalty in the final minute of extra-time. They will be a difficult outift to stop.
Second division Hamburg are one game away from the DFB-Pokal final, having won four matches on the bounce to reach the last four. Their campaign to win Bundesliga 2 has hit the rocks, failing to win any of their last five matches. They're six points off the pace of Koln at the top. Their DFB-Pokal form has been flawless, beating Erndtebruck, Wehen Wiesbaden, Nurnberg and Paderborn to set up their semi-final showdown with Leipzig this evening.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the DFB-Pokal semi-final clash between Hamburg and RB Leipzig at the Volksparkstadion.