Paris Saint-Germain were crowned French champions on Wednesday night, but they had one objective left before the end of the season. One more victory in their last two games would have seen them set a new record for points in Ligue 1. Playing away in Lille it was Brazilian Lucas Moura that made the difference. The Manchester United target had a hand in all three goals as they beat the home side 3-1 on Saturday night.
Lille had started the better of the two sides, but a red card to midfielder Marvin Martin put Lille on the back foot and PSG took advantage almost instantly.
Lucas Moura was played in by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Brazilian had his shot saved by Vincent Enyeama, but the rebound fell straight to defender Marquinhos and he headed it into the net.
In the second half Lille tried their best to get back into the game, but the more they pushed forward the more space they left at the back, and that was all the invitation that Lucas needed to make the score 2-0. Javier Pastore pushed the ball wide and the Brazilian drilled it past Enyeama into the far corner.
With the game out of reach for the home side, PSG made it 3-0. Lucas tricked the Lille defence with a beautiful step-over before slipping the ball through to Blaise Matuidi and the substitute applied the finish.
Lille would pick up a late consolation goal, but it was all too little, too late. Lucas had made the difference, picking up his fourth goal and eleventh assist of the season. His performance was a nod towards Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari after the PSG man had been left out of the 23-man squad mid-week.
There is talk that failure to make the Brazil squad for this summer’s World Cup would give Lucas the impetus to leave the French capital in search for first-team football. PSG will also have to reduce their non-EU based playing squad and bring in some French talent for next season’s Champions League.
Lucas Moura may be available this summer, but it will need to be at a price that interests the French club, they paid €42 million for the 21-year-old, and they will be looking to at least break even as he continues to develop. That price tag alone makes any deal difficult.