CUP: Uruguay plays Ghana in less star-spashed semi

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lot of re­spect for what they do. This will be a dif­fi­cult test.’’

Brazil­ian play­maker Kaka ac­knowl­edged, “One goal prob­a­bly will not be enough.’’

The Sele­cao’s of­fense works best when play­maker Kaka finds Fabi­ano.

“We have a very good con­nec­tion, es­pe­cially be­cause of the time we played to­gether for Sao Paulo. One look is enough to know what we are go­ing to do,” Kaka said.

Robinho got his first goal of the tour­na­ment in a 3-0 vic­tory over Chile in the round of 16.

“The ten­dency now is to get bet­ter,” Robinho said. “Af­ter that first goal, it usu­ally gets eas­ier to score more.”

The Dutch are dan­ger­ous. Robben re­turned to the lineup for Oranje in the fi­nal group game af­ter a ham­string in­jury, then started — and starred — against Slo­vakia, scor­ing the first goal in a 2-1 win.

“In the past, ev­ery­one said the Dutch play nice foot­ball but they never win some­thing,” Robben said. “It’s time to change that.’’

To­day’s other quar­ter­fi­nal has two rel­a­tive sur­prises, Uruguay against Ghana.

Uruguay’s suc­cess has been em­blem­atic of South Amer­ica’s dom­i­nance in the tour­na­ment. All five of the con­ti­nent’s teams reached the knock­out stage, and four re­main.

La Ce­leste’s de­fense has been al­most im­pen­e­tra­ble, al­low­ing only one goal. Uruguay also has a dan­ger­ous scor­ing duo in Luis Suarez and Diego For­lan.

Ghana beat the United States in the round of 16, the sec­ond straight World Cup in which it has knocked out the Amer­i­cans. Asamoah Gyan has three goals, in­clud­ing the win­ner against the U.S. He also is nurs­ing an an­kle in­jury.

As the last African team stand­ing in the first tour­na­ment to be hosted on the con­ti­nent, Ghana has be­come a fan fa­vorite.

“An African side has never made the semi­fi­nals,’’ Gyan said. “This is our task.’’

An­dre Pen­ner

Now Brazil’s head coach, Dunga was cap­tain of the squad that de­feated the Nether­lands in 1994’s quar­ter­fi­nals.

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