RB Leipzig have defeated Freiburg 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the German Cup final to lift their first major trophy.
Ten-man Leipzig, beaten finalists in 2019 and 2021, prevailed over a Freiburg side who had never previously been in a major Cup final.
Freiburg captain Christian Gunter and Ermedin Demirovic missed in the shootout.
Maximilian Eggestein put Freiburg ahead on 19 minutes with the officials deeming a handball in the build-up to be accidental.
Leipzig lost Marcel Halstenberg to a red card in the second half but Christopher Nkunku then equalised on 76 minutes.
Coach Domenico Tedesco has re-energised Leipzig since taking over in December and the first major trophy for the Red-Bull backed club follows qualification for the Champions League after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga.
Freiburg, sixth in the Bundesliga, are heading to the Europa League.
Australian Associated Press
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