Colombia under pressure
Colombia may have beaten Bolivia on Thursday but it was far from convincing from Jose Pekerman’s side who did not take the lead until the 83rd minute.
James Rodriguez bagged the winner, by putting away a saved penalty, to secure a much needed Colombia 1-0 victory in World Cup qualifying.
Prior to that, Colombia had not won for four matches and they are currently fourth in the South American World Cup qualifying table.
On Tuesday evening, Colombia have a crucial game in Ecuador, who are in fifth and level on points with their South American rivals.
James Rodriguez’s obscene gesture
Ahead of the Ecuador match, the Colombia side have been caught up in a mini scandal regarding captain and star player James Rodriguez.
The Real Madrid playmaker was caught by photographers giving them the finger ahead of training on Saturday.
Said picture was taken by the AFP agency and has gone viral in South America. James Rodriguez aimed the gesture at three journalists and two photographers outside the team’s hotel.
Calls for James to be dropped
So far there has been no statement from James Rodriguez or the Colombia national team and it looks likely to be brushed under the carpet.
The gesture is believed to have been aimed by James at criticism for the performance versus Bolivia.
Since the middle finger picture has gone viral, Colombian journalists have urged James Rodriguez to be pulled from the side for the match against Ecuador.
This will almost definitely not happen and James is due to captain the Colombia national team.
James has also been criticised for acting differently for both club and country. Since at Real Madrid, despite the fact he does not start very often, the Colombian star has not produced such a gesture at any time.
The obscene gesture from James Rodriguez
— Silvia (@chicadeportiva) March 27, 2017
La peineta de James Rodríguez a la prensa colombiana pic.twitter.com/NqhDsuM9iJ
— Isabel Ramirez (@isaberamire0564) March 27, 2017