The duo knew that it would be a tough match, but Kaka did not expect to be sent off...
Brazil superstars Robinho and Kaka may have helped the Selecao to 3-1 win over the Ivory Coast this evening, but both admit it was not smooth sailing as the scoreline shows.
Kaka was sent off late in the match, for an elbow to the chest, but Keida Keita went down, simulating a knock to his face.
"I wasn't there to fight or anything. The images speak for themselves," the Real Madrid player said post-match, as reported by Goal.com. "I have received a lot of messages of support saying it was unfair".
"The game became violent and it's not good for people that are watching.
"I was happy with my performance and the Selecao's - it was good. In the so called 'Group of Death' we have qualified with a game to spare.
Kaka also let us into his red-card record, saying it was only his third in his career.
"I had two red cards when I was at Sao Paulo and today is only my third," he added.
Robinho revealed that the opposition were allegedly being more aggressive during the match, whereas he wanted to play football.
"They were hitting us right from the beginning and we were just playing football. Kaka would never elbow no one. The player simulated," he affirmed.
"It was a difficult game. We deserved to win and took our chances.
Robinho concluded: "It will be difficult against Portugal. But we want to win to qualify in first from the group."
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