Dortmund advance, Schalke crash out of German Cup

January 02, 2014 | 16:44
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Borussia Dortmund advanced to the German Cup quarter-finals with a 2-0 win at minnows Saarbruecken on Tuesday, but Ruhr Valley neighbours Schalke 04 suffered a third-round exit.

Borussia Dortmund's striker Julian Schieber (R) and Saarbruecken's Nils Fischer vie for the ball during the thirrd round German Cup football match in Saarbruecken, southern Germany. (AFP/DPA/FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN)

German Cup holders and European champions Bayern Munich host Bundesliga rivals Augsburg on Wednesday.

Schalke crashed out with a 3-1 defeat at home to top-tier rivals Hoffenheim.

The Royal Blues' defence was left in disarray as Hoffenheim raced into a 3-0 lead after just 35 minutes with goals by Kai Herdling, Kevin Volland and Roberto Firmino.

Schalke pulled one back through Peru forward Jefferson Farfan with just over half an hour to go.

Dortmund eased their way into the last eight with a comfortable victory at third division Saarbruecken.

Borussia boss Jurgen Klopp opted to rest several stars, but his team went ahead through a first-half header from reserve striker Julian Schieber.

Promising 21-year-old attacking midfielder Jonas Hofmann added a second just after the break.

Hamburg went through as they enjoyed a 2-1 win over second-division Cologne, while Union Berlin went down 3-0 at home to Kaiserslautern in an all second-division tie.

In Wednesday's other ties, Freiburg host Bayer Leverkusen in an all-Bundesliga clash, while Wolfsburg host Ingolstadt 04 and Eintracht Frankfurt are at home to Sandhausen.

German Cup third round results:

Union Berlin 0 Kaiserslautern 3
Hamburg 2 Cologne 1
Schalke 04 1 Hoffenheim 3
Saarbruecken 0 Borussia Dortmund 2

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