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James Rodriguez shines in Qatar

11 Jan 2022 | 07:42

Former Everton midfielder helped Al Rayyan win 3-0 against Al Wakra in the 13th round of the Qatar National Championship on the night of January 10 (Hanoi time).

Al Rayyan had a jubilant match against the opponent standing right above the rankings. In the 19th minute, James Rodriguez created an assist from the corner for Shoja Khalilzadeh to head into the net of the away team.

In the 70th minute, the Colombian midfielder shone with his handling and neat finish in a tight corner to help the host increase the score to 2-0. Three minutes later, the former Real Madrid star excited the fans when he completed a brace with an unstoppable free-kick

James stands out on the field with his hair dyed blue.

James stands out on the field with his hair dyed blue.

After a rough start, James is slowly regaining his form in the Qatar national championship. In the last 3 matches, he contributed in 5 goals (2 goals, 3 assists).

Since his debut in a 0-3 loss to Al Duhail in October 2021, James has played a total of 9 matches. He scored 3 goals and made 4 passes to help his teammates score, in all competitions.

Victory at home gives Al Rayyan 15 points after 12 matches. The home team Jassim Bin Hamad created a distance of 6 points with the group “holding the red light” and still had an unplayed match in hand.

James Rodriguez joined Al Rayyan on an undisclosed contract in September 2021. The Colombian midfielder left many regrets after deciding to leave the European football environment at the age of 29.

Previously, the former Real star was crossed out by coach Rafa Benitez from the plan at Everton. The Spanish military leader accused the student of lack of effort in training sessions.