Everton star James Rodriguez was subjected to a nasty nutmeg and made to look like an amateur by Gonzalo Plata as Ecuador decimated Colombia in Quito.
Despite the absence of six players due to being infected by Covid-19 virus, Ecuador continued their impressive run in the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup with a 6-1 win against the South American giants.
Plata had an eventful outing as besides making Rodriguez look extremely silly, the Sporting CP forward scored a stunning goal from the right wing and got himself sent off in the process due to excessive celebration.
Ecuador had taken a 4-goal lead in the first half before James Rodriguez reduced the deficit with a penalty. It was more of the same in the second half as Plata’s sublime goal restored the lead for La Tri and Estupinan added a further 6th goal to make matters worse for Colombia.
Gonzalo Plata was especially brutal on James Rodriguez as he left the Everton star for dead, twice, in a matter of minutes in the second half.
Gonzalo Plata lo vuelve loco a James, previa a esta jugada ya le hizo un túnel al colombiano pic.twitter.com/4b9AD0OwOP— Alex Cañizares (@AlexJavier14) November 17, 2020
If the quick shift from the Liga NOS striker had Rodriguez on strings, the reverse backheel nutmeg couple of minutes before was downright barbaric –
¡UY JAMES!— La Radio Redonda (@LaRadioRedonda) November 18, 2020
Para no olvidar nunca la tarde de los 6 en Quito, y este tremendo túnel que le metió Gonzalo Plata a James Rodríguez en el Rodrigo Paz.
Video extracto @ElCanalDFutbol
¡Harta Pelota @LaTri!
Not the first time we have covered Gonzalo Plata in Thick Accent as the Ecuadorian struck a sublime goal (which looked straight out of FIFA Street) in the qualifiers against Uruguay last month.