The German Cup is the second-most important club title in German football after the Bundesliga championship.
After the qualifying rounds, 64 teams participate in the knock-out competition each year, including all 36 clubs from the first and second tier of the Bundesliga, the top four teams of the third league and regional teams. DW's sports team follows every round of the competition proper, and all their latest content can be found below.
Lotte, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, will welcome Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals of the German Cup. Meanwhile, Schalke will head to Bayern Munich, while Hamburg host Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Third tier Lotte scored twice to knock out 1860, while Schalke turned on the style away to Sandhausen. Borussia Dortmund beat Hertha Berlin on penalties and Eintracht Frankfurt edged out Hannover in a dramatic finale.