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24 October 2012
• Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Referee: D. Orsato
• Attendance: 22834
G. Charbonnier 49'
V. Torosidis 73'
K. Mitroglou 90'+
Amazing scenes here in France as Montpellier cannot quite believe how this match has ended. A last-gasp winner from Mitroglou hands Olympiakos all three points against the run of play, but they all count! Stay on Goal.com for all the breaking match reports, player rating and more. I've been Livio and I wish you all a very pleasant evening. Ciao!
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OLYMPIAKOS HAVE DONE IT!!! Their recent rallies were a warning sign and now their momentum has paid off. Abdoun shoots past Bedimo and drills in a cross low and hard, which Mitroglou finishes off with aplomb!!
Olympiakos now look to launch the ball into the Montpellier box but it keeps on returning. Torosidis is even getting in on the action but his enthusiasm to get forward left a sizeable gap behind him, which Camara could not capitalise on. This really is anyone's game now.
Yellow CardP. Contreras
Quiet few minutes in France but it seems MHSC are taking my advice and switching back to their former system as Estrada is now their only defensive midfielder! Maniatis looks to send Abdoun through with a lobbed pass, but Yanga-Mbiwa heads clear.
It could also be argued that Montpellier's change in shape has not helped matters in the French camp, as Cabella, a hugely influential figure in the first half, now looks ineffective as he wanders around the middle of the park. Still, there's only 10 minutes left and anything can happen!
Montpellier arguably have looked weaker since the exits of Mounier and Charbonnier. Both men may not have oozed with quality, but their work rate made them a real handful. Their replacements, bar a Estrada snapshot, have not been good enough thus far.
A corner is awarded to Olympiakos but Pionnier comfortably catches the ball. The visitors are now upping their efforts as they look to take advantage of the French side's fragility.
THEY'RE BACK IN IT!!! Montpellier will be distaught as Holebas whips a free kick into the box and it is eventually slid in by the incoming Torosidis. Game on!!
Yellow CardSouleymane Camara
Great work from Cabella as he surges into the Olympiakos box and feeds Belhanda, but he can only curl his effort wide of the far post!
Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
Off goes the hero of the night so far! Can Souleymane Camara, scorer in the 2-2 draw with Schalke, repeat his exploits from a fortnight ago?
The possession statistics say it all - Montpellier's 63 to Olympiakos' 37. We're in the last quarter of the match now!
Yet another break sees the ball end up with Belhanda, but Contreras puts in another magnificent block. And just to update you with a Greek chance, Greco was one-on-one with Pionnier but hesitated to shoot - hence his substitution.
Arguably a surprise substitution as Greco, a candidate for Olympiakos' most creative player, is replaced by Abdoun. Soon after, Utaka's deflected cross almost creeps over Carroll's bar but it is tipped over!
End-to-end stuff here and my word is it exciting to watch! Again Olympiakos look to work the ball up the pitch but in an instant it is swept away by the hosts. Cabella then tries to launch fire but Contreras crucially blocks his effort.
Montpellier look to initiate a counterattack but it breaks down as Carroll is off his line and alert to dismiss the danger. Meanwhile, they try again and it almost comes off, but Maniatis bursts a lung to get back and slide the ball away for a corner!
INCREDIBLE MISS!! Charbonnier misjudges his clearance as a left-wing cross eventually reaches Fuster, but somehow he misses the target with the goal at his mercy!
Yellow CardVitorino Hilton da Silva
Yellow CardJose Holebas
Holebas receives a yellow card for barging into Belhanda on the edge of the box. The story of the first half seems to be continuing unless Olympiakos can conjure up something special!
IT'S A DESERVED GOAL!!!! Utaka fights tooth and nail to lay the ball off to the striker on the edge of the box, and the ex-Ligue 2 ace smashes a low volley into the centre of the goal. What a way to mark your introduction to the Champions League!
A worry for Montpellier as Contreras cynically hacks down Cabella. Fortunately the midfielder gets back up and play resumes. We'd like to see less of that!
And we are under way once more for the second half!
Daniele Orsato blows his whistle to signal half-time! Montpellier have dominated possession but banned coach Rene Girard will be concerned at his team's inability to make any clear-cut chances - just the one so far. Now is the perfect time for you all to flood my Twitter @livmc!
Another player worthy of praise is also Remy Cabella. The creative midfielder has preferred to take a back seat to allow the likes of Belhanda and Mounier to impose themselves on the game, but he has been the architect behind almost all of their moves!
Utaka slips through a delicious low cross for Charbonnier, with his back to goal, to hit towards Carroll's net, but he cannot get much backlift. Still, he forces the Northern Irishman into making the save! Warning signs from MHSC.
Charbonnier is looking increasingly isolated in attack, arguably in part to the constant patrolling of Manolas at centre-back. Again, he marshals the targetman and plays the offside trap, albeit marginally!
Machao makes a fantastic run from the left and into space near the Montpellier goal but, rather than laying the ball off to a team-mate, he goes for the piledriver - which fails hopelessly.
Fuster surely must be walking on a tightrope now if he was not before. A hard tackle into the back of Bedimo flattens the defender but he gets away unpunished!
We've hit the half-hour mark in France and it's been a fascinating 30 minutes of football, if not exhilarating! Montpellier are now attempting to find luck down the flanks in an attempt to force through an opener - their central midfield is beginning to lose grip it seems.
Belhanda is proving to be a thorn in the Greek side as he attracts another foul from Fuster. But again, Montpellier fail to take advantage of a set-piece opportunity.
Yellow CardDavid Fuster
Bedimo is adamant that he has won his side a corner, and his display of passion results in his wishes coming true! However, Utaka's physical challenge for the ball in midair comes at a price as Carroll is upended.
A quiet past five minutes of action as both teams begin to settle down and find a rhythm; much to the relief of Olympiakos, who now look like making an impact on the match after all.
A shock was almost on the cards there! Beautiful footwork from former Roma man Greco down the Olympiakos left was followed by a dangerous low cross, which Djebbour was a whisker away from meeting!
How much longer will Olympiakos hold out for? It's a good question as the onslaught shows no signs of abating. Charbonnier expertly holds the ball up for Belhanda to smash, and he does so with vigour but not so much in accuracy. Inventive stuff being played here!
Belhanda and Torosidis engage in a scrap on the touchline but the two men both sort out their differences in an instant and the match continues in Olympiakos' half once more.
Mounier wins a free kick directly to the right of the box after being fouled by Machado but another effort sails into the stratosphere.
It wouldn't be farfetched to say that Olympiakos haven't ventured into the opposing box yet, despite being 10 minutes into proceedings! The hosts are looking very comfortable in possession and are putting the Greeks under all sorts of pressure.
It's a strong start to the match from Montpellier, and they are almost vindicated as Belhanda gets his first taste of the action with a low strike that ripples just wide of the post!
Montpellier are at it again as Utaka cuts straight through the Olympiakos resistance and lays the ball off to Mounier in an advanced position down the right. The forward, however, hits a first-time effort that sails over the bar.
First chance of the game sees Montpellier try to launch a counterattack with John Utaka, but he loops the ball into Roy Carroll's hands. Cagey start here in France.
The match is under way with Montpellier going from left to right and Olympiakos vice versa.
The Greeks' boss Leonardo Jardim described tonight's game as a 'final', while Rene Girard, on the other hand, was only too happy to get away from the misery of their Ligue 1 title defence. The players are now on the pitch and ready to get the ball rolling!
Some interesting facts ahead of the match. This will be the first meeting between these two sides, and Montpellier's first against Greek opposition, amongst other things! Olympiakos, however, are guilty of a poor record versus Gallic ouftits, losing eight of their 12 past encounters.
Just under 10 minutes until kick-off, so be sure to send me any of your pre-match predictions, views or anything of the sort on Twitter @livmc! The best tweets WILL be included in our coverage tonight!
And last but not least the champions of Greece, Olympiakos: Carroll, Maniatis, Modesto, Machado, Contreras, Holebas, Manolas, Torosidis, Fuster, Greco, Djebbour.
Before we go any further, it'd be wise of me to reveal tonight's team news! Starting with the hosts Montpellier: Pionnier, Yanga-Mbiwa, Hilton, Bedimo, Stambouli, Belhanda, Cabella, Saihi, Utaka, Mounier, Charbonnier.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of tonight's Champions League Group B clash between Montpellier and Olympiakos! I'm Livio Caferoglu (@livmc) and I'll be guiding you through all the action as it breaks at Stade de la Mosson!
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