CUP: Uruguay plays Ghana in less star-spashed semi
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.’’
Now Brazil’s head coach, Dunga was captain of the squad that defeated the Netherlands in 1994’s quarterfinals.