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Published on April 25th, 2018 | by David Kraakman

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Two Uruguayan star-strikers warm up for World Cup rumble in Russia

A trio of Uruguayans found the back of the net this week, including Luis Suárez who is could be heading to Russia feeling both relaxed and ready to rumble

Luis Suárez – the man for the finals

Luis Suárez hasn’t had a top season by his standards but if there ever was an indication that he is by no means finished, he gave it on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final. The Uruguayan hitman delivered a brilliant performance, showcasing some of his greatest qualities.

In Madrid, where the final took place, Barcelona came up against Sevilla in search redemption after the Champions League knockout. Suárez opened the score for Barca in what eventually became a monster 5-0 victory. Suárez had an involvement in all goals whether it was scoring, winning the penalty or regaining possession in Sevilla’s half.

The performance should encourage Uruguayans ahead of the World Cup this summer as El Pistolero is recovering some great form and will arrive in Russia with more rest due to the European knockout. In addition, Suárez will have lots of confidence when he joins up with his national teammates after playing an important role in a title win and the cup final.

Mathías Olivera – announcing himself in style

Since moving to Getafe from Uruguay, left-back Mathías Olivera hasn’t seen a lot of first-team action yet. The switch from South America to Europe is admittedly a big one and so the manager has decided to ease him in. Last weekend, however, Olivera got his chance and after a few cameo appearances finally started a La Liga game for Getafe for the first time.

The 20-year-old started as a left midfielder and showed why Getafe signed him in the first place. He had a nice all-round performance and capped it off with a goal, which won his side the game. For Uruguay U20 Olivera was always impressive and the first signs are there that the youngster can deliver on that promise.

Maxi Gómez – back in the goals

Not scoring for seven games will upset any striker and for someone as obsessed with goals as Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gómez, it surely must have generated some frustration. The drought ended on Sunday, though, as the 21-year-old hit the back of the net in a 1-1 draw with Valencia. The goal showed two of his best qualities; superb positioning in the box and good heading abilities.

It was his 14th strike in La Liga this season which are great numbers for a player having his debut campaign in Europe, especially in a league with the quality of La Liga. A host of clubs will be looking at Gómez when they decide to bolster their attacking options in the upcoming transfer window.

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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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