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After a 1-0 win over Pachuca in the first leg of the Clausura 2009 final, Pumas' Leandro Augusto said the title was theirs to lose.

Pumas played an excellent first leg of the championship on Wednesday. Their defense came up big, especially in the first half, leaving Pachuca virtually immobile. Leandro Augusto took note of this great performance and said if they had another great outing on Sunday, then they would surely be champions.

"It was a good result," said Augusto. "If Pachuca want to be champions then they will have to do everything right.  If we show the same attitude we did yesterday then I think we would be really close to becoming champions."

The game on Wednesday was Leandro's first in the Liguilla after coming back from injury. A muscle injury in his right thigh impeded the gifted midfielder from participating in any quarterfinal or semifinal game. Augusto said he was delighted to have made a comeback after missing so many important games.

"I am happy to have comeback from my injury. The team had a great performance yesterday, we were strong from the get go, showing that we do want the title with our play," mentioned Augusto.

Pumas won by a close margin of 1-0. The game could have had a different score had Pumas converted on some the chances they had. They can't blame anyone now; they have to go out there on Sunday and show up Pachuca at home.

"We had more options but unfortunately could not finish. We are doing battle with a great team. Now we have another mission which is to go and do things right once again but this time it will be at their place," Leandro commented.

It will be hard to beat Pachuca at home and for this Pumas will have pull out every resource. Augusto though is uncertain whether he can go all 90 minutes for Sunday's game. He was only able to play for 30 minutes on Wednesday and seems doubtful to start the last leg.

"I feel good about the injury, I am just a bit off rhythm since I haven't played for so long. I feel a lot better though, I wouldn't be able to say that I would be able to go all 90 minutes. I want to play with my teammates and enjoy the final," Augusto explained.

Augusto finished by letting everyone know the great joy he felt after joining the team in the 70th minute and hearing the ovation from the fans.

"There are no words to describe it," acknowledged Augusto. "It is a great motivator and the only way to repay the fans for their support is by leaving it all out there, wining the games, and also wining the championship."

Sylvestre Adame, Goal.com


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