Ex-Real star helps save opponent's life

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A former Real Madrid star heroically helped save the life of an opponent who suffered a life-threatening incident during a recent match. 

A match between Al Rayyan and Al Wakrah in the Qatari topflight was abruptly halted when the away side’s defender Ousmane Coulibaly was seen collapsing in the first half. 

It is said that the Mali international had suffered a cardiac arrest, but before medics could arrive, the Wakrah star was aided by the ex-Los Blancos attacker James Rodriguez.  

The Colombian playmaker courageously ran over to help his ailing opponent and adjusted his head to allow him to be able to breathe before the medical team arrived at the scene, according to beIN SPORTS.

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Coulibaly was then taken to the hospital, but the match was temporarily stopped before it was later rescheduled. The Qatari Stars League promptly released a statement after it was confirmed that the 32-year-old African was in a stable condition. 

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“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,” the 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).” 

After the match had been abandoned on Saturday, the replay took place on Monday, and the former Everton star James helped himself to a brace as his side walked away 3-0 winners. 

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