DFB-Pokal: S04 to face Wolfsburg in round of 16

FC Schalke 04 have been drawn away in the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal. Former ski jumper and TV expert Sven Hannawald conducted Sunday’s draw (03/01), with Schalke being drawn to face VfL Wolfsburg in the next round. The match will be played on 2nd or 3rd of February, with exact timings to be announced in the coming days.

So far in the competition, the side from Lower Saxony have beaten FSV Union Fürstenwalde (4-1) and SV Sandhausen (4-0). The Royal Blues advanced to the round of 16 thanks to wins against 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 (4-1) and SSV Ulm 1846 (3-1).

There have been three previous meetings between Schalke and Wolfsburg in the history of the DFB-Pokal. There have, however, been four cup matches between the teams; in the 1970/1971 first round, there was still no winner at the end of extra time in Wolfsburg (2-2), forcing a replay in Gelsenkirchen a few days later. Schalke came out on top after another draw, winning 3-1 on penalties in the first shootout ever to take place in the DFB-Pokal.

There was another penalty shootout in the 2007/08 round of 16, but this time the Wolves were the winners by a 5-3 scoreline. The sides last met in the quarter-finals three seasons ago, when Schalke won 1-0 at the VELTINS-Arena thanks to a goal from Guido Burgstaller.

Fixtures overview:

Rot-Weiss Essen – Winner of Leverkusen/Frankfurt
VfL Wolfsburg – FC Schalke 04
Winner of Holstein Kiel/Bayern Munich – SV Darmstadt 98
Jahn Regensburg – 1. FC Köln
VfB Stuttgart – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Werder Bremen – SpVgg Greuther Fürth
RB Leipzig – VfL Bochum
Borussia Dortmund – SC Paderborn 07


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