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Rodriguez disappointed at refereeing for Colombia exit

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By Jonathan Nightingale

Saturday 05 July 2014

Colombia star James Rodriguez has hit out at the referee after what he said was a performance that influenced the outcome of the game, the BBC is reporting.

The match broke records for this World Cup after a staggering 54 fouls were committed – 31 by hosts Brazil to the 23 of Colombia, and yet both sides shred just two yellow cards each.

Colombia went on to lose 2-1, but in the after math of the game Brazil have been accused of heavy handed tactics and the statistics point towards this, something Rodriguez feels the referee should have been in control of.

The playmaker himself, who has scored a goal in each of his games at this summer’s tournament to lead the scoring with six goals, was on the end of six fouls that received no further punishment than free kicks.

Rodriguez said: “Carlos Velasco Carballo didn't help a lot.

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

However the Spanish official did fail to caution Juan Zuniga after the full back’s challenge ended Neymar’s World Cup.

The striker suffered a fractured vertebra following a knee to the back in an aerial challenge and was in obvious pain as he left on a stretcher.

Brazil’s Thiago Silva was eventually punished with a yellow card following a series of fouls, and is subsequently ruled out of their semi final clash with Brazil.

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