Although Diego Rolán is in a relegation scrap with Malaga, the Uruguayan’s fighting spirit could come in use on the World Cup road to Russia 


Diego Rolán – the only bright spot

In a game that provided both Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga with their last chance to gain momentum and start the difficult task of avoiding relegation from La Liga, goals were in abundance and forward Diego Rolán was on the score sheet for Malaga. The Uruguayan scored for his side with a smart finish at the near post to make it 2-2 in the second half but his goal wasn’t enough as Depor eventually grabbed all three points.

It leaves Rolán and his teammates in a black hole and it is almost impossible for Malaga to now stay in La Liga as they trail 17th placed Levante – who will remain in the division as it stands – by a huge 14 points.

For Rolán the goal was perhaps considered as a personal success which might give Uruguay manager Óscar Tabárez something to think about. However, although the 25-year-old did feature during the qualifiers, he is currently behind a fair few names in the pecking order and is an outside bet to make the World Cup squad.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta – the big game performer

After scoring the important away goal for Cruzeiro in the first leg of the state championship final against eternal rivals Atlético Mineiro last week, Giorgian De Arrascaeta was at it again in the all-important second leg this Sunday and scored inside five minutes to get the fans hopeful in what turned out to be the beginning of a victorious night for Cruzeiro.

De Arrascaeta has become the nightmare of Atlético Mineiro fans since his arrival at Cruzeiro, scoring goal after goal in the heavyweight clash between the teams. The Uruguay international always seems to rise to the occasion and deliver for his club when the stakes are the highest.

These qualities could also be displayed for Uruguay at the World Cup in Russia and when De Arrascaeta manages to do so, Cruzeiro will receive a large sum of money and the 23-year-old magician from Nuevo Berlin should commence a wonderful career in the old continent.

Jonathan Rodríguez – the man in form

It hadn’t been working out in Europe until this point but nine-time Uruguay international Jonathan Rodríguez has been trying to get back on track in the Mexican league and recently with great success as a result. In his last four outings for Santos Laguna, the striker has scored four goals.

His two latest strikes against Queretaro, came when his side was desperately in need of it. The score was still level with an hour on the clock when the manager sent Rodríguez onto the pitch and the former Benfica player didn’t disappoint, guiding Santos Laguna to a 3-0 win.


Just like, Rolán, the World Cup is just a dream at this point as there are simply better strikers available to the national team. If Rodríguez can keep making progress, the day might come for him to pull on the sky blue of Uruguay, though.

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