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Fantasy AnalysisModeste has been a bit of a peripheral figure for Hoffenheim lately so this goal-scoring substitute appearance will help him plenty. Modeste replaced Kevin Volland after 71 minutes and took just 23 seconds to score his team's fourth goal of the evening, heading in Sebastain Rudy's assist. Modeste then came close to a second but was denied by Frankfurt goalkeeper Patric Klandt. Whether this showing will convince coach Markus Gisdol (who has opted for striker Kevin Volland in the last two games) to start Modeste on Sunday against Moenchengladbach remains to be seen.
Fantasy AnalysisFirmino has recently been called up to the Brazilian international side and on this showing it is evident why. He began with two first half assists, firstly waltzing through the Frankfurt midfield to pass for Sven Schipplock's excellent effort and then putting through an incisive pass for Jannik Vestergaard to give Hoffenheim a 2-0 lead. The second half was all about goals for Firmino, scoring a spectacular bicycle kick from Tobias Strobl's cross and then beating Frankfurt goalkeeper Patric Klandt one-one to complete the scoring. If Firmino can stay in this kind of form, he will be a major star in the Bundesliga this season.
Fantasy AnalysisMehmedi has had a quiet season so far, not having found the net once for Freiburg who have struggled badly in the Bundesliga. However the DFB Pokal was light relief for the Swiss star, who ran riot against a poor 1860 Munich defense. After an hour of play Mehmedi scored two in five minutes, taking one touch and striking low into the corner for his first and then heading in Sebastian Freis' cross for the second. He then finished well from the edge of the box on 89 minutes to complete his hat-trick. Mehmedi would also have had a couple of first half assists had team-mate Felix Klaus not made such a mess of the chances. This cup game is sure to breed confidence in Mehmedi who faces FC Köln with Freiburg on Sunday.
Fantasy AnalysisJojic seems to have been frozen out of late, having been pushed out of the squad following a string of unconvincing performances and the return from injury of many of Dortmund's stars. This cameo 78th minute substitute cup appearance will do little for his confidence but is a sign that Jurgen Klopp hasn't overlooked the Serbian completely. He had featured in very domestic game before the home defeat to Hamburg at the start of the month and will hope this brief cup appearance will be a step to getting back into the team.
Fantasy AnalysisMkhitaryan has visibly still not returned to pre-injury form after an unconvincing game against St. Pauli. He was typically good in possession and had a decent early strike palmed away but his distribution was often poor making him an ineffective attacking midfielder. The Armenian will surely improve with more games but he is still some way off.
Fantasy AnalysisDurm had an easy evening, forming a defensive line that was rarely troubled by the hosts. The little need for defensive duties meant that the left-back could also maraud forward on occasion, adding an attacking element which has been lacking in his recent games. Durm will surely be much more severely tested against Bayern Munich Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisPapastathopoulos was part of a very solid defensive performance that shut-out a lacklustre St. Pauli attack. Papastathopoulos filled in at right-back to replace usual starter Lukasz Piszczek, who was presumably being rested for Saturday's Bayern Munich clash. The Greek international defended well throughout and also had some joy attacking down the flank. Despite a successful appearance he is likely to drop back to the bench at the weekend.
Fantasy AnalysisSubotic fought hard, made some good blocks and was solid throughout as the Dortmund defense comfortably dealt with St. Pauli's limited threat. Keeping a clean sheet has still not been done in the Bundesliga this season however and, unless Subotic and company are on top form, that record may persist Saturday when Dortmund play Bayern Munich.
Fantasy AnalysisSo far seemingly being used as Dortmund's Pokal Cup goalkeeper, the Australian handled the game well and never look troubled. He had to get down a couple of times to spurn St. Pauli efforts, including a very good save from a Dennis Daube strike, but in truth was well protected by the Dortmund back-line. He's not likely to take Roman Weidenfeller's number one position just yet but with the German international having a couple of poor games recently, Langerak could be an option.
Fantasy AnalysisThe defensive pairing of Hummels and Neven Subotic was far too strong for their lower league opposition's attack. While Subotic dug in deep and made a couple of telling blocks, Hummels swept up comfortably and played the ball to safety. Dortmund are looking much stronger defensively now but will face the ultimate test Saturday when they visit free-scoring Bayern Munich.