Robinho’s focus now shifts to Ivory Coast

2010-06-16 08:01

Brazil striker Robinho is already setting his sights on the

Selecao’s next Group G opponents following his side’s 2-1 defeat of North Korea

yesterday in their World Cup opener at a freezing Ellis Park stadium in


Robinho, who set up Elano for Brazil’s second after Maicon opened

the scoring, before Ji Yun Nam scored a late consolation goal, said there was

plenty more to come from the five-time world champions, starting on Monday

against the West Africans.

“I think we will improve for the second game. I’m sure of that. And

people can expect us to play with a great will and that we represent our country

well,” Robinho said.

Brazil expected a more comfortable victory for the national team

against lowly North Korea but struggled in the first half, before Maicon broke

the deadlock 10 minutes after the break.

However, Robinho noted that the match was hard, not because it was

very cold but because the North Koreans “played very far back”.

“What we wanted was to start with a win, and thank God we achieved

it,” he said.


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