Berlin: 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.
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.