8th December, 2013
Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama’s run of not conceding a goal ended after 1,062 minutes on Sunday with an own goal by Lille team-mate Simon Kjaer in the Ligue 1 clash with Bordeaux.
The Danish defender deflected a harmless looking shot by Bordeaux’ Landry N’Guemo which tantalisingly hit the post before entering the net in the 28th minute of the match.
It was the first time Enyeama had had to pick the ball out of his net since September 15 in the 2-0 defeat by Nice.
Enyeama, who captained Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February this year, had been closing in on the overall Ligue 1 record of 1176 minutes held by Gaetan Huard for Bordeaux during the 1992-93 campaign.
“I cannot hide my relief because I was worried the record would go,” Huard told French sports channel Bein Sport.
Enyeama can content himself with being the second on the all-time list, having taken second spot during last Tuesday’s Ligue 1 game with Marseille.