In front of 55,000 spectators, Schalke bounced back from their 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen by booking their tickets to the DFB-Pokal semi-finals for the first time since their cup win in 2011.
While both sides began the game offensively, Schalke soon started to dominate proceedings. Consequently, the hosts were able to take an early lead. After winning the ball in their own penalty area, Schalke began a lightning counter attack. Pjaca fed Burgstaller who made a mazy run into the Wolfsburg penalty area before slotting the ball into the far bottom corner. Having taken the lead, Schalke continued to create chances, with Burgstaller and Pjaca looking particularly dangerous. However, the Royal Blues were unable to convert any more of their chances.
Despite falling behind, Wolfsburg remained dangerous. In the 24th minute, a Maximilian Arnold freekick was well saved by Ralf Fährmann, before Yunus Malli’s rebound strike cannoned off the underside of the bar before bouncing clear. While the Wolves dominated possession for the rest of the half, they struggled to create chances, as Schalke appeared happy to sit back and attack on the counter.
After the break, the visitors continued to press, but were generally unable to break down the disciplined Schalke defence. Despite both teams showing full commitment, chances were few and far between. This changed, however, in the closing stages, as Schalke gave their opposition a bit too much space. In the 86th minute, Daniel Didavi had his goal-bound header cleared off the line by Leon Goretzka, before Malli’s effort a minute from time was beaten away by Fährmann. The four minutes of additional time were largely uneventful, as the game finished 1-0.