Lille OSC Maintains 11 Straight Clean sheet with 1-0 Win over Olympique de Marseille


131203Marseille03Lille FC moved one point behind France Ligue 1 leader, Paris Saint-Germain and four points ahead of Monaco through a late goal from Nolan Roux in added time.  With the result of today’s game Nigerian goal keeper, Vincent Enyeama made history maintaining fourteen clean sheets this season and eleven consecutive clean sheets.

Enyeama went into today’s game knowing he only had to prevent Marseille from scoring in the first four minutes of the game and he will make history as the second goal keeper in the French League to maintain a clean sheet for over 945 minutes.  Enyeama did just that and more, making some magnificent saves during the game to set a new record of 1,035 minutes of play with no goals conceded.  The current record for most minutes with no goal conceded is held by Gaetan Huard, who went 1,176 minutes without conceding for Bordeaux during the 1992-93 season. 142 minutes of play with no goals conceded and Enyeama will set a new record, as Lille visits Bordeux in their next game on December 8th, and host Bastia on December 15th.

Marseille came into tonight’s match in fourth place and six points behind Lille, and although they are doing reasonably well in the French Ligue, Marseille has not been very convincing in Europe and has probably given up hope in the UEFA Champions League.  The game started with Marseille playing fiercely attacking football in the first minutes and seemed like a threat to Enyeama’s record.  In the 4th and 5th minute, Lille came close to scoring as Ronny Rodeline struck a free kick to the top corner that was saved by Marseille goalkeeper, Steve Mandada and resulting in a corner for Lille.  Nolan Roux came close to scoring from the resulting corner, but his header went over the bar.

vincent-enyeama-6518894792Lille had a scare in the 24th minute of the game as Marseille came close to ending Lille’s run without conceding a goal.  Gignac found himself one-on-one with Enyeama who quickly came of his line to block the strikers’ effort, forcing a huge save and keeping Lille in the game.  Solomon Kalou came close to scoring just before half time, but he lost his balance, striking the ball over, and the half ended goalless.

The second half started with Marseille still on the attack and they came close to scoring in the 54th minute, but once again Vincent Enyeama prevented Gignac from finding the back of the net with a wonderful save.  Enyeama continued his man-of-the-match performance with double saves in the 63rd minute, saving a point-blank shot from Thauvin, and pushing away Payet’s shot for a corner.

Just as it was looking to be a goalless game, Nolan Roux scored the winning goal for Lille in the 91st minute.  Roux connected with Gueye’s cross from the right, and he headed the ball into the bottom corner beating Mandanda, and propelling Lille to 2nd place on the France Ligue 1 table.

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