Battling Wolfsburg, Leipzig reach German Cup quarters

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WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - VfL Wolfsburg battled past Schalke 04 1-0 on Wednesday to reach the German Cup quarter-finals along with RB Leipzig, who crushed second division VfL Bochum 4-0 with a double from Yussuf Poulsen.

In-form Wolfsburg, lying third in the Bundesliga, have won their last four games in all competitions without conceding a goal.

Schalke keeper Ralf Faehrmann did well to save Wout Weghorst's 40th-minute penalty but the Dutchman stabbed in on the rebound for the winner.

The Royal Blues, bottom of the league standings, should have equalised on the stroke of halftime but American teenager Matthew Hoppe was denied from close range by keeper Koen Casteels with a sensational reflex save.

Schalke battled hard and had their share of chances after the break, going close through Mark Uth midway through the second half, but the striker failed to connect with a cutback in front of goal.

Despite a frantic finale and pressure from Schalke, Wolfsburg held on for the win.

Leipzig had a far easier evening against Bochum, with Denmark striker Poulsen scoring twice after Amadou Haidara and Marcel Sabitzer had given the hosts a two-goal cushion in the first half.

Borussia Moenchengladbach joined them in the last eight after coming from a goal down to beat VfB Stuttgart 2-1.

Stuttgart's Silas Wamangituka put the hosts ahead with a sensational 70-metre solo effort after two minutes, almost identical to a goal he scored in the Bundesliga last week.

But Marcus Thuram levelled on the stroke of halftime with a curled shot and Alassane Plea completed Gladbach's comeback five minutes after the restart.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann,; Editing by Toby Davis and Ed Osmond)