Lille boss Rene Girard hailed Vincent Enyeama as a top-class goalkeeper after the Nigerian’s heroics in Thursday’s Europa League draw at Wolfsburg. The Nigerian custodian played a key role in his side picking up a point at the Volkswagen Arena, with the 32-year-old making 11 saves in total.
The Ligue 1 outfit were under siege for much of the game at the Volkswagen Arena but looked set to nick a fine away win thanks to Divock Origi’s 77th-minute penalty and Enyeama’s spectacular shot-stopping, with the Super Eagles ace making a total of 11 saves over the course of the 90 minutes.
The 32-year-old was belatedly beaten by a sensational late strike from Kevin de Bruyne but Girard was extremely thankful to his goalkeeper for earning the visitors a precious point. “Vincent Enyeama did what he had to do,” he told reporters after the game. “I would say that Enyeama was his usual self. He was there when he had to be.
“That is the characteristic of goalkeepers of a high level and he is definitely of a very high level.
“Defensively, we were strong, solid, but he was very active. We were like a reed that bent but still managed to stand up.
“It’s good, because the boys can see now that they can live with these games of such a high intensity.
“Given the budgets of the team teams, to get a draw at Wolfsburg is not a bad result at all.”