Enyeama invincibility ended in Bordeaux defeat
By A. Scott
Vincent Enyeama fell short of the top-flight shutout record as LOSC Lille succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to ten-man Girondins de Bordeaux at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday afternoon.
Girondins de Bordeaux 1 - 0 LOSC Lille
Enyeama let in his first goal in 1,062 minutes when he was beaten by Landry N'Guémo's deflected strike in the 27th minute of this encounter. The Nigerian had kept 11 consecutive clean sheets in a remarkable run coming into the weekend, but he will not beat Gaëtan Huard's overall record of 1,176 minutes without conceding, set back in the spring of 1993.
Huard was a Bordeaux player, and Les Girondins were determined to preserve his record as well as continue their recent improved run of form. Having beaten both Ajaccio and Guingamp in the past week, Francis Gillot's side started strongly on a sunny afternoon in south-western France, and they should have taken the lead inside five minutes.
Mariano did superbly on the right before crossing low to the edge of the six-yard box where Jussiê - who was again filling in up front for the ill Cheick Diabaté - somehow put the ball over from point-blank range.
Enyeama had luck on his side, but the visitors appeared uncharacteristically nervy in the opening stages, perhaps weighed down by the pressure of maintaining their long run without conceding and of trying to keep up with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table.
Home goalkeeper Cédric Carrasso was not tested early on, although he did see a Ronny Rodelin free-kick from wide on the left flash just past his far post, before Bordeaux got their noses in front as the half-hour mark approached.
N'Guémo had time to line up his shot from 25 yards, and the Cameroon midfielder's effort was on target, although it looked unlikely to trouble Enyeama in goal before taking an enormous deflection off Simon Kjaer. The Dane was credited with an own-goal, as the Bordeaux players rushed to celebrate with Huard - now working as a touchline reporter for French television - and Enyeama allowed himself a wry smile.
It was an expensive goal for Gillot, who promised to pay for a team dinner if they managed to end Enyeama's invincibility, although the Lille stopper showed signs of his quality as he kept his side in the game going into half-time with two vital interventions to deny Ludovic Obraniak.
As strong as Lille's defence is, they have struggled to score goals. Indeed, at the start of the day, no team in the top 13 had scored fewer than René Girard's side. They were helped by the 58th-minute sending-off of Maxime Poundjé for clattering into Franck Béria, but they toiled to break down the Bordeaux back line.
Girard sent on the fit-again Marvin Martin for Rodelin and then withdrew Salomon Kalou, who has now gone eight games without scoring. His place was taken by Belgian youngster Divock Origi, but Lille also lost Nolan Roux to injury late on, and the closest they came to drawing level was when Pape Souaré's acrobatic effort from a Florent Balmont corner was cleared off the line by N'Guémo.
Lille slip four points off the pace set by PSG once again, while Bordeaux have taken ten points from a possible 12 and now sit behind fifth-placed Marseille only on goal difference.