I Told Neymar To Stay Calm, Says James Rodriguez
superstar Neymar was sent off as the five-time world champions crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Colombia (Photo: AP)

Colombia midfielder 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.

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 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.