RB Leipzig have been the Bundesliga's form team since Christmas, but they need Saturday's DFB-Pokal (stream on ESPN+) to cement that progress.
RB Leipzig will play Freiburg in the German Cup final after a last-gasp goal by substitute Emil Forsberg gave them 2-1 home win over Union Berlin.
Freiburg struck three times in the first half to beat second-tier Hamburg SV 3-1 away and reach the German Cup final.
Holders Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock exit from the German Cup against second-tier side St Pauli, losing 2-1 in the third round on Tuesday.
Borussia Monchengladbach sensationally struck three times in the opening 21 minutes to demolish German champions Bayern Munich 5-0 on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund substitute Thorgan Hazard scored twice to guide the German Cup holders to a 2-0 home victory over Ingolstadt on Tuesday.
Bayern Munich beat fifth-tier side Bremer SV 12-0 to advance to the second round of the German Cup.
Wolfsburg has been thrown out of the German Cup for fielding too many substitutes in its first-round win over Preussen Munster.
Erling Haaland scored a hat trick as Borussia Dortmund began their German Cup title defense with a 3-0 win over third-division Wehen Wiesbaden.
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Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland scored two goals apiece to crush RB Leipzig 4-1 and lift the German Cup on Thursday.
Borussia Dortmund manager Edin Terzic has said he will make a last minute decision on whether Erling Haaland is fit to play RB Leipzig.