Lavezzi Finds the Range as PSG Advances in Champions League
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It took four months, but Ezequeil Lavezzi finally opened his account for Paris Saint-Germain against Dynamo Kyiv. It took longer than anyone would have expected following his transfer from Napoli this summer but it bodes well for PSG's future.
Lavezzi worked a nice exchange with Zlatan Ibrahimovic before calmly netting his first PSG goal just before the half. The goal seemed to energize the Argentine as he notched his second goal seven minutes after the break.
Lavezzi was able to first touch a Blaise Matuidi pass into the back of the net to put PSG up two and well on their way to the round of 16 in the Champions League. One of the goals for the Paris outfit was advancing in the Champions League and they have accomplished that.
Unfortunately for PSG their form in Ligue 1 has not mirrored their Champions League play. They have consistently struggled to impose their will on domestic opponents. In the Champions League, only Porto has put PSG off stride.
The good run in Europe's premier competition may be the only thing saving manager Carlo Ancelotti from the wrath of an ownership group that has dropped extreme amounts of money in their pursuit of success. Ancelotti must find a way to get his players as focused domestically as they are in Europe. Without that focus, PSG could find themselves in a fight to gain a Champions League berth let alone win the Ligue 1 title.
Lavezzi finally finding the mark may be the key to the rest of this season. His ability to take some of the load off of Ibrahimovic is necessary for them to begin reaching their potential. The confidence this brace should give Lavezzi could be the springboard he needs to show the Parisian fans that he is worth the money.
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