Monday 20 October 2014

James Rodriguez: 'Referee influenced outcome in Colombia's World Cup loss'

Published 05/07/2014 | 14:13

Colombia's James Rodriguez paces away from of Brazil midfield pair Paulinho and Fernandinho during the World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Colombia's James Rodriguez paces away from of Brazil midfield pair Paulinho and Fernandinho during the World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

James Rodriguez says the referee in Colombia's World Cup loss to Brazil influenced the outcome.

Colombia's James Rodriguez has claimed that the referee in charge of their World Cup quarter-final defeat by Brazil had a crucial role on the outcome.

There were 54 fouls in the game - but only four bookings - with Rodriguez, who continuing his excellent World Cup form by netting his sixth goal of the tournament, fouled six times.

"Carlos Velasco Carballo didn't help a lot," said Rodriguez, 22.

"I think the referee influenced the game a lot, but that is how it is and we need to look forward."

Hosts Brazil committed 31 fouls to Colombia's 23, with two yellow cards for each side.

In an eventful game, the match also saw Brazil lose their star player Neymar when Colombia full back Juan Zuniga’s knee in the back resulted in Neymar suffering a fractured vertebra in his spine. The player did not receive a booking for the challenge.

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