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October 24, 2012 7:45 PM BST
Stade de la Mosson — Montpellier
Referee:‬ D. Orsato‎
Attendance:‬ 22834‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Montpellier 1-2 Olympiakos

Goal.com rates the players at Stade de la Mosson as Kostas Mitroglou proved the surprise match-winner for the Greeks, despite the hosts dominating for much of the contest

By Livio Caferoglu

  • Laurent Pionnier
    4
    3
    2.50

    Laurent Pionnier

    Made virtually no saves during the match as his side dominated possession over Olympiakos on the night.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    7
    3
    3.00

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Comfortable evening for the wantaway centre-back. With Djebbour on his own in attack and the occasional foray from the likes of Machado and Greco, his defensive tendencies were never truly tested.

  • Vitorino Hilton da Silva
    3
    10
    1.50

    Vitorino Hilton da Silva Flop of the Match

    Much like his centre-back partner, there really was not an awful lot to mop up bar the occasional offside trap. Played the ball out of defence well too.

  • H. Bedimo
    3
    5
    2.00

    H. Bedimo

    All-action performance from the full-back. His positional sense left a little to be desired, but his enthusiasm and insistence on getting forward and finding space could not be faulted.

  • Younes Belhanda
    11
    4
    3.00

    Younes Belhanda

    Formed a magic triangle of sorts with Cabella and Mounier, as the trio were the creative hub behind Montpellier's dominance. May not have been at his most ruthless, but was still a constant thorn in the Olympiakos side.

  • Rémy Cabella
    6
    3
    2.50

    Rémy Cabella

    A quiet game on the surface, but he made a number of key passes which allowed his more attack-minded team-mates to threaten the Greek resistance. However, his influence waned as his coach chopped and changed repeatedly.

  • Benjamin Stambouli
    2
    4
    2.50

    Benjamin Stambouli

    Solid at right-back, where he successfully kept Machado and Holebas at bay before their surprise late comeback. Could have done slightly better in keeping an eye on his marker Torosidis for his goal, perhaps.

  • Jamel Saihi
    6
    3
    3.50

    Jamel Saihi

    The defensive fulcrum in the Montpellier midfield, he found it harder to contain the Olympiakos midfielder as the game wore thin. Still was an important figure in laying down the foundations before his exit.

  • John Utaka
    2
    6
    2.50

    John Utaka

    Was not very consistent over the 90 minutes as he ghosted in an out of the contest, but he made a few telling contributions when he did have the ball, including a pair of sumptuous through balls.

  • Anthony Mounier
    2
    6
    1.50

    Anthony Mounier

    His work-rate could not be faulted as he zipped up and down the right flank, but his final delivery and execution was generally poor.

  • Gaetan Charbonnier
    9
    3
    3.50

    Gaetan Charbonnier

    A strong, physical presence in attack for Montpellier, the burly hitman did not offer much quality admittedly, but he acquitted himself well enough and held the ball up. Replaced in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Joris Marveaux
    2
    3

    Joris Marveaux

    Late cameo from the older brother of Newcastle's Sylvain.

  • M. Estrada
    2
    6
    2.00

    M. Estrada

    Arguably ruined his side's shape since his entrance midway through the second half, as Montpellier went onto lose the match in dramatic circumstances.

  • Souleymane Camara
    1
    5
    2.00

    Souleymane Camara

    Late cameo from the striker who could not replace Charbonnier's burly presence up top.

  • Roy Carroll
    22
    1
    2.00

    Roy Carroll

    Despite Montpellier's dominance, he did not have to make too many saves bar Charbonnier's strike.

  • François Modesto
    15
    3
    2.00

    François Modesto

    Along with Maniatis, he was charged with anchoring the Olympiakos midfield but had a difficult night in truth, as his advancing years exposed him when faced with fresher faces.

  • P. Contreras
    21
    1
    2.00

    P. Contreras

    Guilty of several fouls throughout the match as his experience shone through in that department. However, he made several interceptions, a number of which were crucial.

  • Jose Holebas
    24
    0
    2.50

    Jose Holebas

    Fared better than Machado but not by a huge margin when taking the 90 minutes into account. Yet he was the catalyst for his side in their rescue mission for a point.

  • Konstantinos Manolas
    25
    1
    3.00

    Konstantinos Manolas

    Did an expert job patrolling Charbonnier as he marshalled his every move and played the offside trap well on more than one occasion. His role proved instrumental when taking into account the story of the match, as Montpellier looked toothless once they were forced into replacing the targetman.

  • Vasilis Torosidis
    30
    0
    3.50

    Vasilis Torosidis

    A real captain's performance from the right-back, Torosidis drove his team towards a vital point against Montpellier. His goal only paid testimony to his commitment shown at La Mosson.

  • Giannis Maniatis
    15
    4
    1.50

    Giannis Maniatis

    The defensive midfielder was a real lynchpin for his side, making a few key blocks and injecting steel into the rearguard.

  • Paulo Machado
    16
    3
    2.50

    Paulo Machado

    The left winger was expected to provide an outlet for Olympiakos down the right, but Bedimo's darting runs meant he was forced to stay back for much of the night.

  • David Fuster
    15
    4
    2.00

    David Fuster

    The rugged midfielder was tenacious but perhaps a little too much at times. Lucky to stay on the pitch but his miss, was unforgivable.

  • Leandro Greco
    18
    2
    2.50

    Leandro Greco

    Showed nice touches with the ball at feet and potential to do something special but struggled to impose himself on the encounter. Substituted on the hour mark.

  • Rafik Zoheir Djebbour
    17
    3
    2.50

    Rafik Zoheir Djebbour

    Despite his goalscoring form this season, he looked isolated for much of the game and could not decide proceedings. Replaced by Mitroglou.

Substitutions

  • Charalampos Lykogiannis
    19
    0

    Charalampos Lykogiannis

    Late cameo from the defender, who added steel at the back for his team as he replaced the edgy Fuster.

  • Djamel Abdoun
    28
    0
    3.00

    Djamel Abdoun

    Made an instant impact upon his arrival into the fray, as he was lively and was not scared of having the ball at feet. Eventually proved to be an inspired substitution, as he crossed in the winner for Mitroglou.

  • Konstantinos Mitroglou
    33
    3
    3.00

    Konstantinos Mitroglou Top of the Match

    Came on with 20 minutes to go and did more in that spell than his predecessor did in the 70 prior. Showed sharp movement despite his recent injury and timed his run to perfection for the winner.

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