From taking La Liga by storm in the opening round to keeping on keepin’ on in Chile. Here are the top 5 Uruguayan performances of the weekend

Maxi Gómez (Celta Vigo)

It was a big day for Maxi Gómez on Saturday as he made his La Liga debut for Celta de Vigo. The 21-year-old striker, who came over from Uruguayan side Defensor Sporting this summer for a reported fee of $4.7M, was given a starting spot in his preferred No9 position, as first choice John Guidetti was out injured and it is fair to say that Gómez has made a good first impression.

In Estadio Balaídos, against Real Sociedad, Gómez scored two goals before being given a standing ovation as he was substituted after 66 minutes. His goals didn’t prevent Celta from losing 2-3, but Gómez’ deadliness in front of goal will surely win the club a lot of matches over the course of the season.


Cristhian Stuani (Girona)

On his return to the Spanish game, Cristhian Stuani faced Spanish heavyweights Atlético Madrid with his new team Girona this weekend. It was a special occasion for Girona as the club debuts in La Primera this season. Stuani was signed from Middlesbrough in late July to help Girona’s expected fight against relegation.

In the season opener, Stuani did exactly that by popping up with two good headers, making him the only player to have scored two headed goals against Diego Simeone’s Atlético. His ‘doblete’ gave Girona a 2-0 lead at halftime, but after 90 minutes Atlético had completed a comeback as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Nonetheless, Stuani showed that he can be a big help for the Catalan side this season with his killer instinct.


Matías Vecino (Inter Milan)

On the opening day of the Serie A season, a special match took place. Matías Vecino, who joined Inter Milan this summer, faced the club he left, Fiorentina, on his Serie A debut for I Nerazzurri. Vecino – who played for Fiorentina between 2013 and 2017 – immediately impressed on his debut.

The holding midfielder covered the most distance by any Inter player and had the highest pass completion success with 93.1%. Vecino and his midfield partner Borja Valero dictated the tempo of the game and proved to be important in Inter’s 3-0 opening day win.

Gonzalo Carneiro (Defensor Sporting)

When Defensor Sporting star striker Maxi Gómez left to Spain to play for Celta de Vigo two-months-ago, there was a void left behind, but it is fair to say that Gonzalo Carneiro (21) has done extremely well filling it. The striker, standing 6ft3 tall, is despite his height a very gifted player with a knack for being in the right areas at the right time.

In the opening weekend of the Clausura tournament, Carneiro showed his goals scoring abilities by grabbing a brace in Defensor’s 2-2 draw with Rampla Juniors. Unfortunately for Defensor Sporting, Gonzalo Carneiro’s good performances will most probably attract interest from the old continent in which case the club has to be looking for another No9.

Sebastián Abreu (Puerto Montt)

In 1995, Sebastián Abreu debuted in professional football for Defensor Sporting. Now, at 40-years-of-age, Abreu is still playing in Chile for Puerto Montt. And no, he is not just out there to make up the numbers. Instead, he is still a game changer and showed it on Saturday night as he scored two goals to win his side the game.

It won’t surprise me if Abreuhe is still playing when he is 44 as he doesn’t seem to age. The veteran striker is rarely injured and his stamina isn’t too bad either. Abreu is one of a kind and really does his nickname ‘El Loco’ justice.

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