worldcup 2010


Saturday, 19 June 2010

Robinho- Kaka the key, Brazil favorite

Kaka is crucial to Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup crown, according to team-mate Robinho.

The Real Madrid star is still trying to recover full fitness following a season disrupted by groin and thigh problems and was replaced by Nilmar in the 78th minute of Brazil's opening 2-1 win over North Korea

But Robinho has no doubt that he remains an important figure for Brazil and told "When Kaka plays well he can decide any game. He is very important to us. I realise that we can all improve in the coming games. It was only the first one and what happened was fairly normal."

He added: "The Selecao has excellent players and if we have to replace anyone we are reassured by the quality we have."

Brazil are the new 9/2 favourites to win the World Cup after Spain's shock loss to Switzerland.

The Euro 2008 champions have been eased from 7/2 before their 1-0 defeat in Durban to 5/1 by Paddy Power although Spain's overall chances are not too badly damaged with prospects of qualifying from the group still at 1/3.

Brazil are now the market leaders are 9/2 and could now be Spain's second round opponents should Del Bosque's team not win Group H. The Spanish are 9/4 not to make it to the knockout stages.

Paddy Power himself said: "It's the biggest shock of the World Cup so far and punters have taken a right kick in the cojones with that loss today. But there's a long way to go yet and Spain are still in the hunt at least for now."

Although unlikely, Switzerland are now 125/1 to win the World Cup from 200/1 before today's sensational victory.

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