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Match facts: Olympiacos v Anderlecht

Published: Saturday 7 December 2013, 2.45CET
Match facts: Olympiacos v Anderlecht
Olympiacos won 3-0 in Brussels on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Saturday 7 December 2013, 2.45CET

Match facts: Olympiacos v Anderlecht

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• Kostas Mitroglou became the first Greek player to score a UEFA Champions League hat-trick with his treble at Anderlecht on matchday two. The forward is now third in Olympiacos' all-time European scoring standings with 12 goals, behind Nikos Anastopoulos (14) and Predrag Djordjević (15).

• Only eight players registered for last season's group stage feature this time round: Balázs Megyeri, José Holebas, Giannis Maniatis, Mitroglou, David Fuster, Dimitris Siovas, Kostas Manolas and Paulo Machado.

• The injured Maniatis is suspended after picking up three yellow cards; Alejandro Domínguez, Manolas and Vladimír Weiss are all a booking away from a ban.

General information
• Olympiacos beat Asteras Tripolis FC 2-0 on Saturday to stretch their winning run at home to seven games in all competitions. It was the Piraeus outfit's fourth successive clean sheet at home.

• Olympiacos are 28 away league games unbeaten and nearing their own Greek record of 29 set in 1972-1974.

• Míchel's side have lost only twice in all competitions this term, both against Paris Saint-Germain.

• Mitroglou, who has scored 17 goals in 16 appearances for Olympiacos in 2013/14, is out until January with knee ligament damage sustained on matchday five. Maniatis is not expected back until the new year because of a foot injury.

• Olympiacos have won 13 and drawn one of their first 14 league fixtures this term and are closing in on the Greek record start to the season set by Panathinaikos FC in 1961-62 (15 wins and a draw from 16 games).

• Olympiacos have not lost a domestic game since Míchel took the reins in February, winning 28 and drawing three.


UEFA milestones and competition statistics
• Anderlecht will finish bottom of the group for their seventh successive UEFA Champions League group stage campaign, since progressing to the second group stage in 2000/01.

• Youri Tielemans became the third youngest player to grace the UEFA Champions League when, aged 16 years and 148 days, he played 90 minutes at home to Olympiacos on matchday two.

• Anderlecht have not won in eight UEFA Champions League group stage games away from home, since a 1-0 victory at Real Betis Balompié in December 2005.

• Massimo Bruno is suspended, while Aleksandar Mitrović and Fabrice N'Sakala are both a booking away from suspension; Sacha Kljestan is available after serving a one-game ban.

General information
• Ronald Vargas scored his first goal of 2013 on Saturday in a 2-0 home victory over struggling Waasland-Beveren.

• Anderlecht lost 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with KVC Westerlo in the Belgian Cup round of 16 on 4 December.

• Anderlecht have suffered five league defeats this term – they lost just three in each of the last four regular seasons.

• Matías Suárez, who has scored six league goals this season, suffered torn knee ligaments during the 1-1 home draw with R. Standard de Liège on 27 October and could miss the rest of the season.

• Kljestan has scored seven league goals this season, his best ever return.

• Eighteen points from ten games represented the club's worst start to a league campaign in 15 years. They have since won six out of eight in the Belgian top flight.

• The 4-0 loss at Club Brugge KV on 22 September was Anderlecht's biggest league defeat since 3 October 2010 and a 5-1 reverse against Standard.

Last updated: 10/12/13 12.38CET

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