Football: Tearful James blames ref's influence for exit
Published on Jul 5, 2014 9:47 AM
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL (AFP) - Colombian star James Rodriguez claimed Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo had been a decisive influence as his country's World Cup dreams ended with a 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Brazil on Friday.
James extended his lead as the competition's top scorer with a penalty 10 minutes from time to register his sixth goal in five games.
However, by then the damage had already been done for Colombia as goals either side of half-time from Thiago Silva and David Luiz booked Brazil a semi-final meeting with Germany.
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