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Match facts: Olympiacos v Montpellier

Published: Saturday 3 November 2012, 2.45CET
Match facts: Olympiacos v Montpellier
Anthony Mounier (left) and Olympiacos' José Holebas in action on matchday three ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 3 November 2012, 2.45CET

Match facts: Olympiacos v Montpellier


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• Kostas Mitroglou's winner on matchday three was Olympiacos' 100th UEFA Champions League goal, group stage to final. They have scored 146 in the European Cup.

• Pablo Contreras will incur a suspension with his next booking.

• Paulo Machado's first goal since scoring for Toulouse FC against Valenciennes FC on 26 November 2011 sealed a 2-0 win at home to OFI Crete FC on Saturday, Olympiacos's fourth successive home victory in all competitions.

• Olympiacos' perfect start to the league campaign ended when they drew 2-2 with Aris Thessaloniki FC in the eighth round of matches on 29 October.

• José Holebas has scored four top-flight goals in nine outings this term, one more than he managed in his first 47 league appearances for the Pireaus club.

• Olympiacos have employed their former player Giovanni Silva de Oliveira as the club's Brazilian scout. The striker was the 21-goal top scorer in the 2003/04 Greek Super League season.

• On 12 October, Olympiacos appointed their former captain and UEFA EURO 2004-winning goalkeeper Antonis Nikopolidis as assistant coach. The 41-year-old retired from playing in summer 2011 and recently gained his coaching diploma.

• Ariel Ibagaza (right groin) and Tassos Papazoglou (dislocated left shoulder) are expected to return to action in mid-November.

• Avraam Papadopoulos will miss the group stage as he recovers from the left knee injury he suffered while playing for Greece in the opening match of UEFA EURO 2012.


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• Montpellier made their European Cup bow on matchday one. They are one of three clubs making their debut in the group stage this season, along with Málaga CF and FC Nordsjælland.

• Garry Bocaly is available after serving a one-game ban following his dismissal on matchday two; coach René Girard has also completed his suspension. Souleymane Camara is within a booking of a ban.

• Montpellier achieved back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they defeated FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1-0 in the French League Cup round of 16 on 31 October. They will host OGC Nice in the quarter-finals on 27/28 November.

• The southern club recorded their first home victory of the campaign on 27 October, defeating Nice 3-1. The Ligue 1 champions have dropped ten points at the Stade de la Mosson this term, three more than in the whole of 2011/12.

• It took Girard's side until the fourth Ligue 1 match of the season to record their first victory; they won their opening three league fixtures last term.

• Jamel Saihi (Tunisia) and Younès Belhanda (Morocco) helped their sides seal places in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations last month.

• Karim Aït-Fana was ruled out for six months after injuring his right knee in training on 11 October.

Last updated: 03/11/12 22.01CET

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