On loan for the season at Liverpool, Divock Origi scored his first-ever Europa League goal on Thursday night as Lille managed to escape Germany with a point against VfL Wolfsburg.
If you had offered Lille Coach René Girard a point away at Wolfsburg before Thursday's early kick-off, there is little doubt he would probably have snapped your hand off.
In the end, a point shared was probably the best result for both sides, but Wolfsburg and Lille will be disappointed in equal measure.
Girard had to make changes. With Rio Mavuba and Jonathan Delaplace out, David Rozehnal came into the midfield three. Sebastien Corchia moved forward and played beside Ryan Mendes and Divock Origi in the Lille front three.
Origi had played in the opening group game against Russian side Krasnodar, but with his stat line reading one shot, none on target, you can tell what sort of night the Belgian striker enjoyed last month.
Lille's intentions were clear. Sit back, soak up the Wolfsburg attack and try to hit on the break. It worked for the majority of the first half, the home side struggled to create any real scoring chances.
It was Origi that had Lille’s best chance of the first half, similar to the goal he scored against Bastia at the weekend, but on his right-foot. He cut inside, shot from outside the box, but it was an easy take for Diego Benaglio.
Then with less than 15 minutes to go, Lille hit Wolfsburg with a sucker punch. Origi worked his way down the left, the striker got the ball across goal, it missed Nolan Roux and when Corchia tried to play it back into the danger area, Ricardo Rodriguez had his hands up and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan had no choice but to point to the spot.
The 19-year-old striker stepped up and fired the spot kick low to the ‘keeper’s right, Benaglio went the right way, but the shot had too much and the French side took the lead.
Only minutes later it should have been two. Origi again did well down the left, played in the low cross, it looked the ideal pass to find Roux, but the forward could only fire his shot wide of the post. He should have done better, and he was left to Roux that missed opportunity.
Wolfsburg went up the pitch and won a corner. Simon Kjaer did well to head it away, but it fell nicely to Kevin De Bruyne, and the former Chelsea player met it with the perfect contact and watched it fly into the top corner. There was absolutely nothing Enyeama could do about it.
This wasn’t a game where Origi was able to show the best of his ability. Looking to hit on the break, Origi was isolated for most of the game, but the forward did well to track back and help out his team. He took his penalty well and showed some good signs.
Next in the Europa League is the visit of Everton. The perfect chance for Origi to show the Liverpool fans what he is capable of doing against the blue half of Liverpool.