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Olympiacos beat Montpellier to close on top two

Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 22.45CET
Olympiacos FC 3-1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Late Leandro Greco and Kostas Mitroglou goals earned Olympiacos a second successive Group B win as they closed in on the top two.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium

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Match statistics

OlympiacosMontpellier

Goals scored3
 
1
on target5
 
5
off target5
 
5
Corners5
 
6
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed20
 
13
Yellow cards5
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)43
 
57

Standings

Last updated: 26/12/2012 17:13 CET

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Published: Tuesday 6 November 2012, 22.45CET

Olympiacos beat Montpellier to close on top two

Olympiacos FC 3-1 Montpellier Hérault SC
Late Leandro Greco and Kostas Mitroglou goals earned Olympiacos a second successive Group B win as they closed in on the top two.

Olympiacos FC kept alive their hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Group B rivals Montpellier Hérault SC for the second time in successive matchdays.

Goals from Leandro Greco and Kostas Mitroglou in the final ten minutes sealed victory for Leonardo Jardim's side after Montpellier had cancelled out Paulo Machado's early effort through a Younes Belhanda penalty. Having also beaten Montpellier 2-1 at La Mosson on matchday three, the Greek club now have six points, and while they remain third in the group, they are just one point behind second-placed Arsenal FC and two adrift of leaders FC Schalke 04.

While Montpellier coach René Girard did not go so far as to label the contest as make-or-break in the build-up, he knew his team needed to avoid another loss if they were to retain any realistic hope of playing European football in the spring.

The Greek champions got off to a perfect start, though, taking the lead after four minutes following a superb forward surge by left-back José Holebas. The Greek international's penetrating run down the left channel and low cross caused panic in the visitors' penalty area, and although Mitroglou's shot hit the post, Machado was on hand to tap in the rebound.

There was little in the way of endeavour on offer from the French title holders' in what was a disappointing first half for them, with Souleymane Camara's misdirected lob the sum total of their efforts. Gaëtan Charbonnier, the goalscorer in Montpellier's 2-1 reverse on matchday three, replaced Rémy Cabella at half-time as Girard looked to bolster his attack, but it was the home side who remained the more threatening.

Montpellier finally started to put some pressure on the home goal on the hour mark when Roy Carroll rushed out to block substitute Jonathan Tinhan's shot. Joris Marveaux then headed straight at the Northern Irishman from close range before the away team were given the opportunity to equalise from the penalty spot after Camara was felled in the box by Djamel Abdoun. Belhanda confidently slotted in the spot kick to level matters.

Abdoun almost made up for his indiscretion with a goal but his long-range strike was brilliantly tipped wide by visiting keeper Geoffrey Jourden. However, Olympiacos then went 2-1 ahead with ten minutes left when Greco capitalised after Montpellier failed to clear a corner. Mitroglou sealed the three points two minutes later with a close-range finish from another Holebas cross.

Last updated: 27/11/12 6.50CET

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Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

montpellier

Montpellier

1
CarrollRoy Carroll (GK)
16
JourdrenGeoffrey Jourdren (GK)
2
ManiatisGiannis Maniatis
2
BocalyGarry Bocaly
Yellow Card40
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto
Yellow Card66
Substitution72
3
Yanga-MbiwaMapou Yanga-Mbiwa (C)
5
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
Goal4
Substitution87
4
HiltonHilton
Substitution79
11
MitroglouKostas Mitroglou
Goal82
Yellow Card82
Substitution90+3
5
BedimoHenri Bedimo
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
Yellow Card86
6
MarveauxJoris Marveaux
23
SiovasDimitris Siovas
8
MounierAnthony Mounier
Substitution62
24
ManolasKostas Manolas
10
BelhandaYounes Belhanda
Goal66
27
GrecoLeandro Greco
Yellow Card44
Goal80
19
CamaraSouleymane Camara
Yellow Card43
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis (C)
20
CabellaRémy Cabella
Substitution46
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
Yellow Card66
23
SaihiJamel Saihi

Substitutes

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
1
PionnierLaurent Pionnier (GK)
6
PapazoglouTasos Papazoglou
9
CharbonnierGaëtan Charbonnier
Substitution46
8
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution87
11
HerreraEmanuel Herrera
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
12
CongréDaniel Congré
Substitution79
18
FetfatzidisGiannis Fetfatzidis
14
PitauRomain Pitau
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Substitution72
15
TinhanJonathan Tinhan
Substitution62
Yellow Card77
25
LykogiannisCharalambos Lykogiannis
Substitution90+3
21
El KaoutariAbdel El Kaoutari

Coach

Leonardo Jardim (POR) René Girard (FRA)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Siniša Premužaj (CRO), Igor Krmar (CRO)

Fourth official

Ivica Modrić (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

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