I told Neymar to stay calm, says James Rodriguez

Santiago, June 18 (IANS): Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez has said he tried to calm down Brazilian star striker Neymar after the latter was sent off in the five-time World Cup winners' 0-1 defeat in a group match of the Copa America.

Barcelona star Neymar drove the ball into Colombian defender Pablo Armero after the final whistle was blown and then aimed a headbutt at Jeison Murillo, who had tried to step in during Wednesday's match.

A brawl followed and it included other players too and ended with Neymar and Colombia’s Carlos Bacca being red-carded but James claims he tried to calm the former down.

"At the end of the match I told Neymar to stay calm," James was quoted as saying by goal.com on Thursday.

"I also went through that four days ago when we lost to Venezuela. That day I felt really angry," the Real Madrid star added.

Brazil are second in Group C ahead of their final match against Venezuela, while Colombia sit third -- but level on points with the former two teams -- with a Peru clash on the horizon.



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