Brazil v Columbia RH

RH at 2014-07-04 23:02:38

A performance that posed several questions from our Referee ,Carlos Valasco Carballo whilst I liked his calm measured approach I felt that he allowed too much contact to go unpunished and will I’m sure look back on the punishment that Rodriguez and Neymar took and the challenges from Fernandinho  and Zuniga that not result in a caution for either player. It was an unfortunate factor in this game that the creative players were not protected. He also should have used stoppages to take the heat out of the game, Was this game plan designed to position himself for another game? Not sure if he’ll get that opportunity after this performance,

RH at 2014-07-04 22:56:02

The action ends as Carlos Velasco Carballo blows the final whistle!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:54:40

frantic action as all the Colombian players go up for an attacking free kick!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:53:58

Good flag by the far side Assistant as Fred commits a careless challenge on Sanchez

RH at 2014-07-04 22:52:53

The nearside assistant looks strong, which is just as well as Colombia strive to get that all important goal!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:50:26

Five minutes added time

RH at 2014-07-04 22:50:11

Well one taking point from this game is ‘Will cards cost officials a final place?

RH at 2014-07-04 22:48:16

An advantage is played following a ugly challenge by Zuniga on Neymar, amazingly he gets away with it again, can it be right that Rodriguez has been cautioned and Zuniga has escaped such a sanction so far!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:44:54

Some important offside decisions for the nearside Assistant, that last one looked spot on!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:43:37

was that run up by Rodriguez for the penalty scoring goal acceptable or was there a deliberate delay? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at




RH at 2014-07-04 22:40:55

Well this game is providing plenty of talking points! The Referee must keep a tight grip on proceedings for this closing ten minutes plus added time!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:39:45

Goal, game on! Brazil 2 Colombia 1

RH at 2014-07-04 22:38:55

Penalty to Colombia and a caution for the Brazilian goalkeeper, was a caution correct or should Cesar been sent off?  What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RH at 2014-07-04 22:37:04

With so much of the game being contested from ‘box to box’ the referee needs to read play accurately to avoid getting caught up, most of the time he has done this but on that last Colombian attack he had his back to play for a longer than was safe, with feelings running so high he needs to avoid this

RH at 2014-07-04 22:32:37

The reaction of the Colombian players will be key here, will they keep their heads and get back into the game or will they loose their discipline, well Yepes has just earned a caution for dissent!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:30:15

The Rodriguez caution and the free kick that led to the second goal, are being hotly disputed by the Colombian officials

RH at 2014-07-04 22:29:05

David Luiz scores for Brazil 2-0!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:28:41

after being on the receiving end of so many robust challenges, Rodriguez is cautioned for a challenge that was not as crude as others that went unpunished

RH at 2014-07-04 22:26:49

The Assistant signals early to deny a second Brazil goal, it looks tight but the assistant is correct!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:25:10

Well the first caution for silva, a technical offence on the goalkeeper, denying him from clearing the ball

RH at 2014-07-04 22:24:00

An awful challenge there by Cuadrado on Neymar, surely worthy of a caution

RH at 2014-07-04 22:21:57

Well we played an hour and I don’t see any change in the referees game plan at the moment,

RH at 2014-07-04 22:20:03

Would firmer control by the referee allow the creative players to express themselves? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at


RH at 2014-07-04 22:17:56

Although many of the foul challenges at the moment are careless, we have to consider persistent offending by players and the denial of an attacking advantage to the team in possession, either way cautions would be expected!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:15:15

Its interesting that the stoppages caused by these carless challenges is breaking up the game and regulating the tempo, doesn’t look pretty though!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:12:50

Getting more reaction in from email, this time from an Assessor, expressing the need for the referee to impose his control by issuing cautions, quite right!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:10:52

Frustration is mounting following a series of niggly challenges from both teams, time for firm control by the referee, he needs to revise his discipline tolerance level

RH at 2014-07-04 22:08:21

looks like careless midfield challenges are still in fashion this half!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:05:00

Our Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo starts the second half!

RH at 2014-07-04 22:00:54

This is one of the most keen contested matches so far, the Referee can take pressure of himself and his team by using stoppages in play to take the heat out of the game, he missed some opportunities in the first half, important that he takes advantage of such moments in the second half. In tempo management terms he must accomplish this especially if emotions are getting the better of players

RH at 2014-07-04 21:56:37

An interesting first half performance from Carlos Velasco Carballo , he chose to restrict any sanctions to a verbal reprimand, a risky strategy or is he leaving himself with somewhere to go if the tempo rises? I think most of us would have expected cautions to have been issued by now, Zuniga of Colombia and Fernandinho of Brazil can consider themselves fortunate to have escaped cautions. With 4.5 cautions per game in this tournament so far this referee is not averse to managing his way through. Only time will tell if this strategy will work.

RH at 2014-07-04 21:49:21

The Referee brings a frenetic first half to a close, the time certainly passed by quickly!

RH at 2014-07-04 21:48:41

Another crude challenge this time by Fernandinho, worthy of a caution?

RH at 2014-07-04 21:47:36

A nasty challenge by Zuniga this time on Hulk, would have been a solid caution

RH at 2014-07-04 21:45:54

Zuniga commits a careless challenge on Neymar, just outside the Colombia penalty area, time for the spray again!

RH at 2014-07-04 21:44:41

Good spot following that push by Victor Ibarbo of Colombia

RH at 2014-07-04 21:43:20

Well the Referee is certainly keeping his powder dry! he can be accused of being trigger happy with the cautions, I wonder if similar offences will be punished later in the game?

RH at 2014-07-04 21:40:42

Getting some reaction to that quickly taken midfield free kick earlier, Ian M feels that the Referee should have held the game up, quite in my opinion too

RH at 2014-07-04 21:38:21

Time for the spray again, this time near to the Brazilian penalty area, looked a marginal decision though!

RH at 2014-07-04 21:37:23

Perhaps just as well that nothing came from that last Brazilian corner, looks like the assistant, well placed should have signalled a goal kick

RH at 2014-07-04 21:34:52

This pace of the game is frenetic, the referee played two advantages for challenges on Luiz, perhaps he should have stopped the game and slowed things down? What are your thoughts? Contact us on Twitter @youaretheref or email us at

RH at 2014-07-04 21:32:00

Important that the Referee buys himself time at this point in the game, the quickly taken throw in and the rushed midfield free kick were lost opportunities

RH at 2014-07-04 21:29:52

Neymar getting some rough treatment from Sanchez

RH at 2014-07-04 21:27:57

Are we at a stage where the Referee needs to raise his profile and issue a caution? There is a definite rise in match tempo. Is it time to intervene?

RH at 2014-07-04 21:26:56

The midfields getting busy again, was the referee wise to allow the game to restart with some much confusion?

RH at 2014-07-04 21:25:15

Players go to ground in and around the Colombian penalty area on that last attack, the Referee correctly allows play to continue

RH at 2014-07-04 21:23:27

Was an opportunity lost to demonstrate control by allowing that last Colombian throw in to be taken so far from the correct position?

RH at 2014-07-04 21:21:57

This is a new experience for the Colombia players, going behind in a game, how will they react?

RH at 2014-07-04 21:19:32

The Assistant Referee supported the Referee there in holding up play whilst his colleague was dealing with players at that last corner


RH at 2014-07-04 21:18:30

The midfield area is seeing plenty of committed tackling at the moment from both teams, will need careful watching by the referee

RH at 2014-07-04 21:16:46

Late tackle by Fernandinho on Rodriguez, he’ll have to be careful!

RH at 2014-07-04 21:13:41

Important that the Assistants tune here, if the game is ‘end to end’ they will be able to settle in with frequent ‘involvement’ but if play the concentrated in one half for a sustained period the non-active Assistant must remain fully engaged with the action!


RH at 2014-07-04 21:09:01

Goal Silva scores for Brazil 1-0

RH at 2014-07-04 21:08:24

The noise in the stadium must be deafening, 60,000 people generating the most incredible atmosphere!  Concentration will as crucial as ever because the continuous noise levels will place great demands on the match officials


RH at 2014-07-04 21:06:13

Early free kick to Brazil in a useful position following a careless challenge on Fred, early use of the spray!

RH at 2014-07-04 21:03:16

Interesting choice of Referee nationality for this game, with the Colombian players speaking Spanish and Brazilian players speaking Portuguese, communication should be straight forward!

RH at 2014-07-04 21:02:23

Our match Referee Carlos Alonso Fernandez from Spain gets us underway!

RH at 2014-07-04 20:55:24


Welcome to The Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza on the North East Brazil coast, where our game kicks off at 17:00 Local time. This is the only all South American Quarter Final, the atmosphere in the stadium is electric as the hopes of the host nation are pitted against one of the most attractive teams in the tournament  who have scored 11 goals and include the player who has scored the most goals so far! What a contest!