Brazil may have already qualified for the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup™, but Kaka has warned Portugal to still expect a battle when the two sides meet on Friday.
Kaka is suspended for the game after being sent off in his team's 3-1 triumph over Côte d'Ivoire. The South Americans lead Group G, two points clear of second-place Portugal, who need a win to guarantee the top spot in the pool.
"Brazil will go out to win," said Kaka. "This final group game is important for us to finish first. A draw would also be good but a win would give us the strength to go into the knock-out round really motivated."
Brazil have won 12 and lost twice against Portugal in 18 meetings between the two sides. "There is a little bit of rivalry between Brazil and Portugal," said Kaka. "There are three Brazilian-born players in their side (Pepe, Deco and Liedson). Portugal is one of the teams we have faced more times in recent years. We thrashed them in Brasilia (6-2) and we lost against them in London 2-0."
Above all, Kaka hopes the fans will get to see a fine performance from both teams. "You never know what can happen," said the Real Madrid star. "Portugal drew against Ivory Coast and Spain lost against Switzerland. Football is like that and at times you find adversity and you don't know how a game will develop. I do hope that the fans get to see a great show on Friday."