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Four days after having faced each other in the German Championship, TSG Hoffenheim and Schalke 04 will once again have their paths crossed this Tuesday, October 18. This time, the battle is part of the second phase, the round of 16 stage, of the German Cup in its 2022/2023 season. The meeting point is also different. The battle stage will be the PreZero Arena in Sinsheim. The start is scheduled for 18:45 UTC


How does the German Cup 2022/2023 work?


The DFB Pokal brings together clubs from the Bundesliga (First Division of the German Championship), the Bundesliga 2 (Second Division), the 3 League (Third Division) and the Regional Leagues, the equivalent of the Fourth Division, which are the gateway to professionalism. .


A total of 64 contestants. It is not as democratic as the tournaments in England and France, which gather hundreds of participants. But it is egalitarian. All clubs start in the first phase and have the same path to the decision. The matches are eliminatory with extra time and a penalty shootout as tiebreakers. The winner, in addition to glory, earns a place in the next edition of the Europa League.


TSG Hoffenheim

On Saturday, October 14, Hoffenheim showed great superiority in the match for the tenth round of the Bundesliga 2022/2023. Even playing on the opponent's ground, he scored 3 to 0. A result that interrupted a fast of victories that reached three matches (two draws and one defeat). The score was compatible with its vast superiority in the match.


He had control of the pellet 52% of the time, created more shooting opportunities (18 to 14) and was especially superior in the rate of shots on target (7 to 2). In the 11th minute, he scored the first time in a penalty kick executed by Skov. In the 47th minute, Dabbur, with assistance from Rutter, increased the lead. In the final phase, again through penalty, Skov closed the score in the 14th minute.


Thus, Hoffenheim reached 17 points (five wins, two draws and three defeats) taking the fourth position in the league table of the German Championship. Last place in the region that yields vacancies in the 2023/2024 version of the Champions League. It is six points below Union Berlin, leader. As home team, they disputed 15 points and won ten (three wins, one draw and one defeat). He scored nine goals and conceded five. In the German Cup, he got a scare in his debut match. Against the modest Rodinghausen, from the Fourth Division, it was a goalless draw in the regulation period. He only imposed his favoritism by scoring 2-0 in extra time.


Schalke 04

Schalke's debut in the 2022/2023 edition of the German Cup was much calmer than that of its rival this Tuesday. He ran over, even playing as a visitor, Bremen, from the Fourth Division, applying a 5-0 rout. Despite the fragility of the opponent, it was interpreted as a good sign for a team that spent a year in the Second Division.


However, the good impression was not confirmed. Schalke needed six rounds to achieve their first win of their return season to the elite division. Even so, the success was against Bochum, which has shown itself to be a strong candidate for relegation. At Veltins Arena, he scored 3 to 1. Since then, he has collected only defeats. There were four in a row. The one against Hoffenheim was the most recent.


In three of the four matches he failed to even score a goal. Thus, he was stationed at the six points (one win, three draws and six defeats). Score enough just to appear in the seventeenth – penultimate – position in the German Championship leaderboard. Two points below Hertha Berlin, fifteenth-placed and the first club outside the relegation zone. As a visitor, he played for 15 points and won two (two draws and three defeats). Scored two goals and conceded nine.


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