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Atlas seeks to become the third two-time champion since 1996

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Atlas will look to preserve its first-leg lead to become Mexico’s third two-time champion in short tournaments when they visit Pachuca in the second leg of the Clausura tournament on Sunday night. in Mexico.

Los Zorros won 2-0 last Thursday in the first leg with goals from Luis Reyes and Colombian Julián Quiñones.

Now any tie or defeat even by one goal is what separates Atlas from lifting the third championship in its history, second in a row.

The other won it in the 1950-51 season.

If successful, the team led by Argentine Diego Cocca will join Pumas (2004) and León (Apertura 2013 and Clausura 2014) as the only teams to achieve a bi-championship since 1996, when two tournaments per year began to be played in Mexico. .

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“We won 2-0, but that’s not why you have to believe that the series is over,” Cocca said. “Now they will have to give away spaces and if we take advantage of them we will surely be able to win the championship again, the key is to never stop attacking”.

Los Tuzos, who are going for the seventh championship in their history and the first since Clausura 2016, are not finished, but they need to win by a two-goal difference to force extra time or penalties.

In the final, the position criterion in the table to define a winner is no longer valid as in the previous rounds.

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Pachuca had the best artillery in the regular tournament and has Argentine striker Nicólas Ibáñez, who has 14 goals in the Clausura, five of them in the knockout phase.

“We have 90 minutes to turn the result around, it will be difficult, but I am a trustworthy man and I am sure we can achieve it,” said Uruguayan coach Diego Almada. “We’re going to play at home, we know we can get the result, it’s going to be tough, but we have to refine the definition, we’re going to recover for the rematch”.

The match is at 8:10 p.m. local time (01:10 GMT) at the Hidalgo de Pachuca stadium, in the central area of ​​the country.

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