Lucas Moura: The Sole Bright Spot in PSG's Lackluster Performance

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 6, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 24:  Lucas Moura of PSG in action during the Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and Olympique de Marseille at Parc des Princes on February 24, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

After his outstanding performance in the first leg between Paris St-Germain and Valencia at the Mestalla three weeks ago, Lucas Moura was poised to have another breakout performance for PSG in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.

The Brazilian starlet did not shine as bright as he did on February 12 against Valencia, but he did have the best performance on the offensive end of the pitch for the Parisians. 

There were not many positives to take away from Wednesday night's match at the Parc des Princes, but if you break down the performance of Lucas Moura, he did do his best during the first half to spark the PSG attack. 

Despite having just 43 touches in the match, Moura was able to get free and try to create chances for the lackluster PSG attack. 

The first major involvement that the 20-year-old January signing had in the match came in the 11th minute as his shot went wide to the left of the Valencia goal. 

Moura also had another opportunity to create a chance in the first half, but as he dribbled past a few defenders, his pass could not find any of teammates in the penalty area. 

Moura got off to a hot start in the second half, as he was able to get off two shots in the first five minutes of the second half.

Both of the shots by the Brazilian failed to pose a threat to Valencia keeper Vicente Guaita, as both shots were deflected before they reached the goal.  

While Moura took a backseat during the fireworks created by substitute Kevin Gameiro in the second half, he still was active in the pursuit of the ball, and his lack of effort cannot be criticized. 

In the 83rd minute with Valencia storming forward in search of an equalizer to send the game into extra time, Moura was taken off of the pitch in place of centre-back Mamadou Sakho. 

For someone who was not playing in his natural central attacking position, Moura put in 83 minutes of solid work for Carlo Ancelotti's men on their way to clinching a spot in the quarterfinals. 

In the quarterfinals, Moura may once again be asked to start up front in the 4-2-2-2 formation with Zlatan Ibrahimovic serving the final match of his two-match suspension from the red card he picked up late in the first leg against Valencia. 

As a young player, Moura should be able to look back on the second leg against Valencia and learn from his performance. 

With an expected start alongside Ezequiel Lavezzi up front in the first leg of the quarterfinals, Moura should be able to provide plenty of quality once again to the PSG attack. 


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