June 30th, 2010
• Brazil coach Dunga has several headaches ahead of his side’s quarter-final showdown with the Netherlands
Kaka has been subjected to three yellow cards already this tournament. (Photo: Road to South Africa)
That’s becasue midfielder Ramires is suspended and Kaka picked up another yellow card during a 3-0 rout of Chile on Monday.
Ramires set up Brazil’s opening goal in the comfortable victory and his absence will be a huge loss.
But Dunga is particularly concerned that Kaka has been subjected to three yellow cards already this tournament.
The Real Madrid man’s first two cautions in the game against Cote d’Ivoire saw him suspended for Brazil’s last group stage match against Portugal, while his yellow card for a poor tackle on Chile’s Humberto Suazo on Monday night means the midfielder could be at risk of missing the semi-final should his side make it that far.
“It is a problem – I don’t want Kaka to be out suspended,” Dunga told reporters.
“It looks as though the technical players are punished and those who commit fouls aren’t always.
“This started happening in the group phase and we are going to talk about this with Kaka. It is a concern for him but we don’t want to get bogged down with the issue.”
Kaka certainly seems bogged down by it himself, however, with the Brazil playmaker appearing a nervous and somewhat sullen figure for much of the game against Chile, despite setting up Luis Fabiano for Brazil’s second goal after Juan’s bullet header put it ahead.
Although Kaka appears to be struggling, the smiles seem to be back for Robinho, who enjoyed a quality night out against Chile that was finished off with a long-range strike for Brazil’s third goal on the hour.
Asked to backtrack by his coaches at Manchester City, Robinho doesn’t seem to have the fitness to do this and as a result was often a peripheral figure for City during a forgettable campaign last year.
But being fed by a dominant midfield, Robinho has come to life once again and may be ready for a huge impact on this tournament as Brazil prepare to face the Netherlands, who beat Slovakia 2-1 in their second round match earlier in the day.
“I’m pleased to have got on the scoresheet but I’m even happier about the victory,” declared Robinho.
“I’ve always done well against Chile and thankfully today was no different.
“Now we’ve got another decisive match ahead,” he added, referring to the Netherlands game on July 2 in Port Elizabeth.
“There’s always room for improvement, but I think we’re on the right track and we’re achieving our objectives.”
Source: Road to South Africa
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