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Edinson Cavani of Uruguay.
South America's World Cup qualifying group is undoubtedly one of the toughest to navigate for countries aspiring to make the tournament. Even without the formidable presence of 2014 hosts Brazil, taking one of the four automatic spots (or one playoff place) in this marathon of a qualification is as challenging as it gets.
With five of their 16 games left, heading into June's next phase of fixtures, Uruguay are struggling to get out of the group.
Sitting in sixth place, their next match is against Venezuela, who are two points ahead of them. Concluding La Celeste's campaign are three games against Colombia, Ecuador and Argentina—all three of whom Uruguay have not beaten in this cycle, with all ahead of them in the table.
This is a massive comedown for a country who finished fourth at the last World Cup, and is in keeping with a rough year all in all.
Having headed into last summer's Olympic Games as one of the tournament's favorites, a side boasting two of football's best forwards in Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez failed to advance past the group stage.
That malaise has carried over into World Cup qualifying, with the Oscar Tabarez-coached team in big trouble of not making next year's competition.