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With 10 years having gone by since a Mexican team won back to back titles, Leon got the job done in the second leg with two goals in Pachuca. Mauro Boselli and Nacho Gonzales scored late into the second half and in extra time to help Leon to victory.
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With 10 years having gone by since a Mexican team won back to back titles, Leon got the job done in the second leg with two goals in Pachuca. Mauro Boselli and Nacho Gonzales scored late into the second half and in extra time to help Leon to victory.


After Pachuca won 3-2 at the Nou Camp during the first leg, La Fierra looked to be in trouble early into the second leg, having used two of their subs in under 10 minutes. Jonny Magallón fell with a injury at the five minute mark and Eisner Loboa replaced him, only three minutes before José María Cárdenas was given a chance to prove what he could do in place of Franco Arizala.


John Pajoy and Enner Valencia threatened for Pachuca in the first half with a series of shots on target and blocked attempts, while Dieter Villalpando's long range attempts were unsuccessful. Elias Hernández, Carlos Peña and Boselli were the most threatening for Leon, with many of their opportunities coming by way of crosses and service from a speedy Luis Montes.


Both teams have been on par with one another in terms of the chances they're willing to take on goal. Pachuca is confident in their long distance shot - something Leon exuded in the Apertura Liguilla when they became champions last year. This final was no different for La Fierra, though Tuzos' assertiveness and willingness to be efficient was especially prevalent, making this final a neck and neck match until the end.


Valencia was unable to finish anything in the second leg, but his performance has been a major reason behind the success of Pachuca. Leading the league in goals scored with 12, he notched five extra in the Liguilla to help Tuzos get as far as they have. He's worked well with Jurgen Damm and Villalpando as a target and can create plays of his own. Formerly used as a winger, he's proven he can be more than effective as a striker. 


Pachuca's confidence in the first half and into the second helped them get forward and attack from all angles. Their lack of ability to finish, aided by the goalkeeper heroics of William Yarbrough, ultimatately decided their fate.


Leon finally broke through in the 67th minute when Luis Montes' cross to Cárdenas met Mauro Boselli, who was perfectly placed in the center of the box for a close range header. Perez got his hands on it but a fumble caused the ball to fall behind him and roll into goal. With the aggregate score now level at 3-3, and despite 30 minutes of non-stop back and forth pressure by both teams, the game went into extra time, where Nacho Gonzales knocked a ball past Perez into the second period  off a Montes corner kick from almost exactly the same spot as Boselli's first. 


While Pachuca threatened and defended better centrally in this match compared to times past, Leon took advantage of their vulnerability and used aerial opportunities to their advantage. La Fierra, though they finished the regular season in eighth and barely made it into the Ligilla, are champions once again. 

 
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