Abuja - Lille skipper Rio Mavuba hailed Vincent Enyeama as a top-class goalkeeper after the Super Eagles goalkeeper's heroics in Saturday's French Ligue 1 0-0 draw at Lyon.
The former Hapoel Tel Aviv custodian played a key role in his side picking up a point at the Stade Gerland, with the 33-year-old making several point blank saves.
Lille were under siege for much of the game away from home but had the reliable shot stopper to thank for the draw.
The ex-Enyimba star was almost beaten late in the game and Mavuba was extremely thankful to his goalkeeper for earning the visitors a precious point.
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“Vincent’s been outstanding in goal for years,” Lille captain Mavuba said.
From one Mathieu Valbuena corner, Corentin Tolisso headed firmly wide in the 55th. Moments later, Tolisso tried a low strike from just outside the penalty area, but Enyeama saved it comfortably, and easily dealt with Alexandre Lacazette's speculative strike from similar distance.
He made a far more difficult save in the 84th, tipping away Valbuena's curling strike as it headed for the top corner.
Enyeama was rescued by his post in the 88th, when defender Rafael met Valbuena's free kick with a glancing header.
The Lyon bench rose as one in the second minute of injury time, thinking Mapou-Mbiwa scored with a powerful header from another teasing Valbuena cross, but Enyeama saved his best save for last with remarkable reflexes.