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Published on February 20th, 2018 | by David Kraakman

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Top Uruguayans – Cavani returns & a captain’s performance against River Plate

From Paris, to Buenos Aires, to the suburbs of Madrid, three Uruguayans had weekends to remember in another wrap-up of South American sizzle 

Edinson Cavani – back to his goal scoring best

The PSG frontman started the 2017/18 season in fine fashion scoring left, right and center and breaking all sorts of records in the process. In the last few weeks, however, Cavani has cooled down a little in terms of productivity leading to concern from fans.

On Saturday, Cavani, to the relief of the PSG faithful, returned to his best as he netted a brace in PSG’s 5-2 Ligue 1 win over Strasbourg. Both goals showcased what the 31-year-old No9 is all about; well-timed movements so he can be put clean through by a teammate followed by a smart finish to beat the goalkeeper.

The two goals from last weekend put El Matador’s season tally in the French league up to 23 goals, which makes him the top scorer in Ligue 1 and joint-leader of the European Golden Shoe rankings with Harry Kane. Cavani has it all to play for this season and you surely can’t bet against him for both awards.

Mauro Arambarri – the midfield talent finally blossoming

Newly promoted Getafe have been one of the standout teams in La Liga under José Bordalás, being a real unit that looks solid at the back and effective when going forward. Former Defensor Sporting player Mauro Arambarri has been a starter in the Getafe midfield and has become a big player at the club.

Arambarri’s combativeness and technical quality make him a good fit in Getafe’s double pivot and on Monday the 22-year-old showed exactly why. In a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo, Arambarri sensed danger whenever Celta found space and neutralized it with good tackling and smart positioning.

Above that, the Uruguayan, although not dictating the game as that’s not how Getafe operate, contributed to the attacking play with quick and direct passing allowing his team to be dangerous on the counter-attack. If Arambarri keeps up this form, he will soon be considered by Óscar Tabárez for the Uruguay squad.

The 22-year-old midfielder continues to impress in his European breakthrough season. The potential was always there and now he is fulfilling it.

Santiago García – the captain delivers

Away at the Estadio Monumental, facing River Plate is never an easy task for any team. Godoy Cruz and especially striker Santiago García did quite well, though. In Argentinian league action on Sunday, the 27-year-old striker helped his club to a 2-0 advantage with an assist and a goal.

River Plate got two goals back and saved a point in the end but García can be proud of his display. The club captain has been very good this season as he has Godoy pushing for Copa Libertadores qualification. A move to Europe might be on the cards soon if he keeps producing in Argentina.

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My name is David Kraakman and I passionately follow football in general and especially the Uruguayan national team, whom I also support. With my twitter account "UruguayanHeroes" I try to keep everybody interested in La Celeste up-to-date with all relevant information regarding Uruguayan football.



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