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James Rodriguez has been hailed a hero for performing life-saving actions on an opponent in a league match in Qatar.
Rodriguez acted quickly after opponent Ousmane Coulibaly suffered cardiac arrest in Al Rayyan’s match against Al-Wakrah in the Qatari Stars League at the weekend.
Former Real Madrid and Everton midfielder Rodriguez came to Coulibaly’s aid after the Al-Wakrah defender collapsed in front of goal during the first half.
JAMES RODRÍGUEZ 🇨🇴 IS A HERO!— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) January 12, 2022
The Colombian player was vital in saving the life of Ousmane Coulbaly, who suffered a cardiac arrest during a game! 🚨
James helped by adjusting his rival’s head so that he could breathe properly, according to doctors. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/qoI0cfwWeC
According to beIN SPORTS, Rodriguez adjusted Coulibaly’s head to allow him to be able to breathe before the medical team arrived to continue treatment.
The match was temporarily halted with Al Rayyan leading 1-0, being before subsequently abandoned by the referee.
Coulibably was later taken to hospital is now said to be in a stable condition.
The Qatari Stars League confirmed after the match that the Mali international had suffered a heart attack.
“During the QNB Stars League match between Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah on Saturday, Ousmane Coulibaly suffered a heart attack which required the intervention of medical and ambulance staff present at the venue,” a statement read.
“It may be noted that the player is currently receiving necessary medical care and attention.
“The Qatar Stars League wishes the player a fast recovery, and we would like to thank the medical staff of both teams, paramedics and doctors for their great efforts during such events.
“Regarding the status of the match, it was agreed to end it and complete the remaining time later starting with the score when it was stopped (1-0 in favour of Al Rayyan).”
The match was rescheduled for Monday, with Rodriguez’s Al Rayyan winning 3-0.
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