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When Colombia substitute Carlos Bacca was hacked down in the area by Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar with only 10 minutes remaining in Friday evening’s absorbing World Cup last-eight clash in Fortaleza, time suddenly stood still just for a moment as all eyes immediately switched to the man in the middle.
Not even the most one-eyed of Selecao fans amongst the 60,342 at the Estadio Castelao could deny that it was a penalty kick to Los Cafeteros; however, of more pressing concern to the home supporters was the colour of the card that referee Carlos Carballo was about to produce from his pocket.
Brazil may have been leading 2-0 at the time, but their grip on a place in the semi-finals would suddenly have looked less secure had they not only seen their lead cut in half but also their keeper dismissed for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.
And given that Sevilla striker Bacca had been played clean through on goal following a perfectly weighted pass by James Rodriguez in the lead-up to award of the spot-kick, many may agree with both Chris Waddle and the BBC South American Football correspondent Tim Vickery’s analysis of the incident in question.
“If it had been at the other end, it would have been red,” the former England international winger told the BBC World Cup highlights show, while Vickery said, “When I first saw it, I thought it was redder than red.”
In the end, however, the Spanish official deemed that centre-back David Luiz’s presence covering behind Cesar was enough to warrant the issuing of only a yellow card, and so the 11 men of Brazil were just about able to hang on and preserve their slender 2-1 lead.