Moura reflects on bittersweet derby after Lamela stunner

James Holland
Lucas Moura Erik Lamela

Lucas Moura says Tottenham’s 2-1 derby defeat to Arsenal took the shine off Erik Lamela’s ‘unbelievable’ goal.

Lamela had an interesting day to say the least as he scored a fantastic rabona finish for Spurs.

His shot went through the legs of Thomas Partey and straight into the corner, catching Bernd Leno off guard.

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The player was then sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a hand in the face of Kieran Tierney.

Spurs went on to lose the game after goals from Martin Odegaard and Alexandre Lacazette.

Odegaard’s left-footed shot was deflected past Hugo Lloris.

Lacazette then scored from the penalty spot after being brought down by Davinson Sanchez.

Speaking about Lamela’s finish, Moura told the PA news agency: “It was an unbelievable goal.

“I think he has already scored a goal like this but in a derby it is special and he is an amazing player.

“He does this in training sessions all the time but we are unlucky that we didn’t win the game because with this goal, if we had won, it would have been even more special.”

While most players will go throughout their careers without scoring such a goal, this isn’t even Lamela’s first.

In 2014, in the Europa League against Greek side Asteras Tripolis, he scored a brilliant 20-yard rabona strike.

The outstanding goal in the north London derby was pretty much the only positive for Spurs.

The defeat puts them six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea after 28 games. They do have a match in hand, which is now a must win if they are to push for a Champions League spot.

Reacting to the loss, Mourinho said: “We played really bad in the first half. The 1-1 was not a fair reflection of the first half. We were poor. Bad defending. No intensity or pressing. Some important players hiding. Really bad.”

For Arsenal, meanwhile, the derby win puts them just four points behind Spurs.

A strong end to the season could see them gain a spot in the Europa League.

They will have to fend off the likes of West Ham and Everton, who are also in the hunt.