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How We Got Here: DFB-Pokal Quarterfinals

Dortmund and Stuttgart had two very different paths to the DFB-Pokal Quarterfinals

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Borussia Dortmund has advanced to the Quarterfinal Round of the DFB Pokal, and have looked like a force to be reckoned with for the whole tournament. Here's how BVB has gotten to this point.

The competition began back in early August when Dortmund traveled to face third-tier Chemnitzer FC. From start to finish, Dortmund dominated the hosts, despite only coming away with a 2-0 win.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his floodgates for the season, netting a goal in the 25th minutes. Henrikh Mkhitaryan would add a goal of his own in the 82nd minute to ice the game.

Dortmund outshot Chemnitzer 18-10 and held 71% of the possession for the entire game in a dominant first round victory.

The second round meant a return home for Dortmund, as SC Paderborn came to town. The visitors stunned Dortmund by scoring first off a Srdan Lakic goal.

That would be all Paderborn would get for the night, as six different BVB players found the back of the net in a 7-1 victory.

Adrian Ramos responded for Dortmund just a few minutes after Paderborn took the lead. Gonzalo Castro scored the first of his two goals Shinji Kagawa added a goal just in front of halftime.

Four second half goals, including two in the last five minutes, sealed a trip to the final sixteen for Dortmund.

BVB traveled to Augsburg in mid-December looking to secure a trip to the Quarterfinals, and did so with a 2-0 victory.

After a scoreless first half, Dortmund struck just past the hour mark as Aubameyang netted his second goal of the DFB-Pokal. Mkhitaryan followed suit five minutes later and Augsburg were extinguished from the Cup.

Dortmund will face VfB Stuttgart in the Quarterfinals on Tuesday night.

Stuttgart defeated Holstein Kiel and Carl Zeiss Jena in the first two rounds of the tournament.

In the round of 16 VfB Stuttgart defeated Eintracht Braunschweig, 3-2, after extra time. The match was a thriller and ended full time at 1-1. The teams traded goals in extra time before Toni Sunjic netted the game-winner for Stuttgart in the dying moments.

Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart.