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World Cup 2014

Football: Tearful James blames ref's influence for exit

Published on Jul 5, 2014 9:47 AM
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez reacts as he leaves the pitch after the quarter-final football match between Brazil and Colombia at the Castelao Stadium in Fortaleza during the 2014 Fifa World Cup on July 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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