James Rodríguez Performs Life-Saving Move On Opponent Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest During Match

Poppy Bilderbeck

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James Rodriguez Performs Life-Saving Move On Opponent Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest During Match - @beINSPORTUSA/ Alamy @beINSPORTUSA/Twitter/Alamy

Colombian footballer James Rodríguez saved the life of opponent Ousmane Coulibaly after he went into cardiac arrest on the pitch. 

During the Qatar Stars League match between Al-Rayyan and Al-Wakrah on Saturday, January 8, Rodríguez saved the life of opponent defender Coulibaly after he collapsed during the first half of the game.

After seeing his opponent drop to the floor near the goal, the former midfielder for Everton and Real Madrid rushed over to assist his fellow football player.

James Rodriguez Life-Saving Move - Alamy Alamy

According to beIN SPORTS, who branded Rodríguez a ‘hero,’ the Colombian player was ‘vital’ in saving Coulibaly’s life after he reportedly adjusted his head to assist breathing.

It stated:

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.

After Coulibaly’s collapse, which occurred when the score was 1-0 to Al-Rayyan, the match was temporarily halted and later cancelled and rescheduled altogether, Mail Online reports.

Coulibaly was rushed to hospital, where he is now reportedly in a stable condition.

The Qatar Stars League confirmed Coulibaly had suffered a heart attack in a statement released after the match.

It said:

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.

It may be noted that the player is currently receiving necessary medical care and attention.

It concluded by wishing Coulibaly ‘a fast recovery’ and said it ‘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 league concluded.

The re-scheduled match went ahead on Monday, January 10, resulting in a win of 3-0 to Al-Rayyan.

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Topics: Sport, Now, Qatar


Mail Online and 1 other
  1. Mail Online

    Image emerges of James Rodriguez performing a LIFE-SAVING move after opposition defender Ousmane Coulibaly suffered cardiac arrest during Qatari Star League game last weekend, before he was rushed to hospital in a stable condition

  2. @beINSPORTSUSA/Twitter


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