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Lucas Moura Sparkles on Euro Debut

By February 12, 2013

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These are exciting times for supporters of French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain and on Tuesday they were given more reason for optimism after a dynamic European debut from the club's big-money Brazilian signing Lucas Moura.

The former Sao Paulo youngster, who completed his move to the Parc des Princes in January in a deal worth approximately US$52.8 million, was a revelation down the right before being substituted early in the second-half of PSG's 2-1 win against Valencia in the Champions League second-round first-leg at Mestalla.

Lucas smashed a ferocious effort against the post from long-range in the first 10 minutes and proceeded to give the Valencia defense all manner of problems down the right hand side.

He embarrassed Valencia's makeshift left-back Andres Guardado as he set up his side's second goal for Javier Pastore, dribbling beyond the Mexican and then turning before supplying an inviting final ball into the box.

Lucas is one of those players who glides effortlessly beyond opponents and on the evidence of this performance, new PSG signing David Beckham should have few designs on making that right sided slot his own.

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