James Rodriguez performed a life-saving move on opponent Ousmane Coulibaly who suffered cardiac arrest during a league match in Qatar.
Rodriguez was playing for Al-Rayyan against Al-Wakrah in the Qatari Stars League last weekend when Coulibaly was spotted collapsing in front of goal during the first half.
The former Everton and Real Madrid midfielder was seen racing over to the aid of the opposition defender before medics could rush on to the scene.
The Colombia international adjusted the head of the 32-year-old to allow him to be able to breathe before the medical team arrived to continue the treatment, according to beIN SPORTS.
The game was temporarily halted before the severity of the situation led to its eventual abandonment – with the scoreline 1-0 to Al Rayyan at the time of Coulibaly’s collapse.
The Malian was taken to hospital where he is reported to be in a stable condition.
After the match, a statement released by the league confirmed Coulibaly 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 short 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 game was rescheduled for Monday and Al-Rayyan won 3-0 including two goals from James to keep them eighth in the table.