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James Rodríguez returned with a good level after 45 days without playing. Yesterday, Monday, April 5, the Colombian started the match against Crystal Palace, at Goodison Park for date 30 of the Premier League. On the other hand, James opened the scoring thus achieving his 100th goal in Europe.
Let’s remember that James Rodríguez has scored goals for Porto, with 32, Monaco with 10, at Real Madrid with 37, at Bayern Munich with 15 and in his current team he has scored 6 annotations.
The Colombian midfielder’s score appeared in the 56th minute in an action that he himself started causing an opening towards the left wing. The play continued after the definition of Sigurdsson who saved Guaita and ended with Coleman’s pass back for the first definition of James Rodríguez who hit the ball with the inside edge of his right foot to the first post.
Although the Everton number 19 scored the team’s first and only goal, Carlo Ancelotti surprised with the third and final modification at minute 79, sending Jean Philippe Gbamin, who had not played since August 2019, onto the field, but removing James Rodríguez.
The opponent defined the last minutes looking for a tie. Crystal Palace managed to equalize the score with a score by Batshuayi at 86 ′. At that time, with the need to look for the winning goal, the local no longer had its most destabilizing piece in attack, James Rodríguez, this caused some criticism from the English press for the modification after the great performance of the Colombian.
At the press conference at the end of the match, the Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti congratulated the contribution and delivery of James, but preferred not to risk it in the auction of the match, “I think James made a great effort. A long time passed without playing. He had a fantastic game, scored a goal and helped the team. In the end, I didn’t have much energy and to avoid a problem I took it out ”.
On the other hand, Ancelotti regretted the tie since with this he gave up points, which can be decisive in the fight for places in European competitions: “In the end, we deserved to win. We have lost two points for our mistakes. We have to recover these points in the other games. You have to be more focused to avoid this type of situation ”, added the technical director.
The final score of the match against Crystal Palace keeps Everton in eighth position in the Premier League table with 47 points, 4 behind Chelsea, which is fifth for now and would take the place in the Europa League. His next match will be on Monday April 12 as a visitor against Brighton.
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