RB Leipzig defeats Wolfsburg to enter semifinals

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RB Leipzig defeated Wolfsburg 2-0 in a tense German Cup quarter-final on Wednesday. Yussuf Poulsen and Hwang Hee-chan scored second-half goals in a tense struggle between the in-form Bundesliga sides.

Following Poulsen’s opener, South Korean striker Hwang came off the bench to score a late second goal, securing a place in the semi-finals alongside Borussia Dortmund and second-tier Holstein Kiel.

The other quarter-final match was postponed on Tuesday due to a Covid-19 outbreak at second-tier club Jahn Regensburg, which forced them to cancel their home match against Werder Bremen.

Leipzig, who are currently second in the Bundesliga, defeated Wolfsburg, who are one spot below them in the standings.

Wout Weghorst, a Dutch striker, squandered a penalty kick in the first half by skipping his spot-kick over the bar.

Moments later, Leipzig had the ball in the net, but Justin Kluivert’s effort was disallowed due to Christopher Nkunku’s offside.

On 63 minutes, Poulsen shook off his marker and shot into the bottom corner, giving the hosts the lead.

After Leipzig playmaker Emil Forsberg’s shot was saved, Hwang tapped home the rebound two minutes before the final whistle to seal the win.

After a 3-0 victory over fourth-tier Rot-Weiss Essen, Holstein Kiel, who eliminated Bayern Munich in the second round, advanced to the semi-finals for the first time.

Second-class citizens Behind closed doors in Essen, Holstein took command with two goals in as many first-half minutes.

In 26 minutes, Alexander Muehling converted a penalty, before Fin Bartels, a former Bremen midfielder, delivered a long header to the far post, where Janni-Luca Serra tapped the ball home two minutes later.

When Bartels’ substitute Joshua Mees’ shot was deflected into the Essen net on 90 minutes, Kiel’s third goal was added.

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