Four-goal Leo said it was "an immense joy" to help Kairat Almaty into the final with a 7-4 extra-time defeat of a ISK Dina Moskva side that exit with heads held high.
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• Leo thrilled after his four goals helped Kairat through to Sunday's final 7-4 after extra time
• Kairat's Divanei salutes fans of hosts Sporting, his former team
• Dina coach Andrei Yudin feels debutants lacked experience against 2013 winners
• Dmitri Prudnikov forced extra time and says injury could not stop him playing in Lisbon
Leo, Kairat defender
We have been working hard for so long to play in the UEFA [Futsal Cup] and since the elite round we have been thinking about how to reach to the final again. We made it once and we became champions and we are going to try that again.
After we made it 3-1 we tried to be wary of their flying goalkeeper, but they managed to score. And seconds from the end we conceded and we cannot concede goals like that. Today we manage to turn things around and win but maybe we can't do the same in the final. In extra time we believed that we could win and we won.
I am very happy. I'm not used to scoring goals because I play more in defence and it's an immense joy to be the man of the match and to reach another final.
Divanei, Kairat forward
I want to thank [the Sporting] fans for supporting Kairat. It's my second final and I hope this time I can win the title. It's a great joy to be back in Lisbon, of course with a different team but the love I have for Sporting and their love for me no money can buy. On the pitch, I almost felt that I was playing for Sporting. With all respect to Kairat, I cannot forget what I experienced and won here.
Andrei Yudin, Dina coach
Of course we are very upset with the result. We did not play to our full potential. First of all because of [Kairat goalkeeper] Higuita going forward. It helped Kairat break up our play and score some very decisive goals. We managed to defend four against five for most of the match. But eventually we made positional mistakes and conceded some goals when Higuita was playing upfield.
But I am grateful to the team for the normal time when we managed to level the score and make it 3-3. I am grateful to [Prudnikov who played after painkiller injections. Until this game I was very happy [with how Dina's campaign went]. But we wanted more. We underperformed. Probably because we lacked experience.
Dmitri Prudnikov, Dina captain
My leg? I don't feel it now, I took some painkillers. I wanted to play, I waited five years for this match, I just could not miss it. It is good I managed to play, it is a pity we didn't win. It was a long way for us and we lacked something. Some goals probably!
When we made it 3-3 we had a feeling that we could put the squeeze on them, that we could win. Something did not work though. I wouldn't say Kairat won on merit; we were not worse by any means. I think we won the second half but they were breaking up our game with Higuita going forward.
Sergei Zuev, Dina goalkeeper
I believe Kairat deserved to win because they had the lead for almost all the match and we always had to fight back. I think the main reason for that were the defensive mistakes we made. We managed to take the game into extra time but we ran out of steam physically and mentally, it is hard for me to say. One can invent an array of various excuses but at the end of the day we just lost and I can only wish Kairat the best of luck.