JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Brazil coach Dunga insisted the controversial dismissal of star midfielder Kaka was 'totally unjustified' as the five-time world champions beat the Ivory Coast 3-1 to reach the World Cup last 16 on Sunday.
Kaka was sent off for a second yellow card in the final minutes for pushing Abdelkader Keita, but the Ivorian wildly exaggerated the impact of the shove by falling to the ground, dramatically clutching his face.
Having earlier picked up a yellow card for a push on Yaya Toure on 85 minutes, Kaka was shown red three minutes later when Keita ran into the Brazilian, who was looking the other way.
"I won't make any comment about the red card," fumed Kaka after the game.
"I think all of you saw the image and everything else, so I have nothing further to say. The images are there for all to see and you are able to see what really happened."
Dunga was left almost speechless by the sending off which now sees the Real Madrid star suspended for the final Group G match against Portugal in Durban on Friday.
"It was a totally unjustified dismissal of Kaka, he was fouled and yet he was punished. The player who commits the foul escapes the yellow card, I have to congratulate him for that," said Dunga.
"We are left a bit in doubt, what do we have to do in order not to receive these yellow cards?
"We are not sure who will replace Kaka for the next game, we will think about it over the next few days."
Brazil booked their place in the knock-out phase thanks to goals either side of half-time by Sevilla's Luis Fabiano, on 25 and 52 minutes, and Galatasary's Elano, who converted a Kaka cross on 62 minutes.
Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba scored a late consolation goal for the Elephants.
Ivory Coast coach Sven-Goran Eriksson felt the second yellow card against Kaka was warranted and said the Brazilians should not complain after there was more than a hint of handball in Luis Fabiano's second goal.
"I heard Brazil complain a lot, but I don't think they should, it is extra difficult when Fabiano is allowed to use his hands. It was not just once, it was twice," said the Swede.
"They were allowed to take a two-goal lead and that changed everything."
But former England boss Eriksson feels Brazil have the mark of potential world champions.
"I think the Brazil team can go all the way, they have quality especially in defence," he said.
"You need to be almost perfect to beat Brazil. In every way they are good, they are very good."
|9||Luís Fabiano||25' 50'|
for Elano 67'
for Robinho 90+3'
|UEFA Champions League Play-offs Review: Away sides prosper in play-off first legs|
|Fulham 0 Wolves 1: Sako inflicts more misery on hosts|
|Bundesliga Preview: Klopp set to break record as Dortmund host Leverkusen|
|Bruce reveals Aboubakar interest|
|Kane ready to light up Premier League|
|Jerome joins Norwich|
|Bayern destined to dominate Bundesliga once again|
|Perfectionist Guardiola raises the bar|
|Pohang Steelers 0 Seoul 0: Last-eight tie on a knife edge|
|Rojo pens five-year deal at United|
|Bayern Munich v Wolfsburg: Badstuber wary of tough opening|
|Eredivisie Preview: Ajax and PSV lock horns in De Topper, Groningen face Den Haag|
|Ligue 1 Preview: Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne out to continue dream starts|
|Thai Premier League Review: 10-man Buriram survive Muang Thong test, BEC Tero defeated|
|QPR seal Fer capture|
|Modric aiming for further glory after extending deal|
|Dzeko pens new City deal|
|Marotta: Vidal was never for sale|
|Evian v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions wary of wounded hosts|
|Ulloa gains confidence from debut goal|
|Hamann hoping for competitive Bundesliga|
|Dortmund duo Kirch and Ji sidelined|
|Irvine will not rush Gamboa|
|Messi, Mascherano laud La Masia|
|Moses: Hughes reason for Stoke move|
|Lahm aware of Dortmund threat|
|Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid: Rodriguez targets winning goal after opening Real account|
|Wilshere urges focus for return leg|
|Milan: No Liverpool offer for Balotelli|
|Michu chat aided Fernandez switch|
|Western Sydney Wanderers 1 Guangzhou Evergrande 0: Tempers flare after Sydney triumph|
|Van der Vaart headlines Netherlands squad|
|CAF Champions League Preview: Dead rubbers brought to life by Zamalek appeal|
|UEFA open Tavecchio investigation|
|Napoli sign Villarreal´s De Guzman|
|My heart is at Bayern, insists Muller|
|Altidore at his happiest - Poyet|
|Barca to go to CAS after FIFA rejects appeal|
|Swansea confirm Fernandez signing|
|Leverkusen will not relax, says Schmidt|
|Modric pens new Real deal|
|Amat relishing Fernandez competition|
|Snodgrass out for six months|
|Di Maria is Real´s best - Simeone|
|Kompany hails City contract dealings|
|Higuain: Napoli have to qualify|
|Martinez backs Barkley to bounce back|
|Stjarnan ready to exploit Inter´s ´weaknesses´|
|No price-tag pressure for Liverpool´s Markovic|
|Courtois admits departure thoughts|
|Skrtel: Liverpool must defend ´as a group´|
|Duff predicts Chelsea success, ´worried´ for Fulham|
|CONCACAF Champions League Review: Portland shine in Guyana|
|Simeone: We have a ´50-50 chance´|
|Copa Sudamericana Review: Cerro Porteno win away, Huachipato start strongly|
|Ronaldo injury ´not serious´ - Ancelotti|
|Martino names Argentina squad|
|Supercopa ´still open´ - Alonso|
|Expect goals in Lille, Porto clash - Girard|
|Courtois wants Cech stay|
|Benitez backs Napoli to score|
|Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1: Ronaldo off at half-time as Real denied|
|League Two Review: Morecambe, Burton remain unbeaten, Portsmouth defeat Northampton|
|Wenger rues ´unbelievable´ Ramsey dismissal|
|League One Review: Fleetwood maintain perfect start, Sheffield United off the mark|
|Championship Review: Forest stun Bournemouth, Maynard returns to haunt Wigan|
|UEFA Champions League Review: Higuain rescues Napoli, Leverkusen edge thriller|
|Besiktas 0 Arsenal 0: Ramsey dismissed in Istanbul stalemate|
|Al Hilal 1 Al Sadd 0: Al Faraj settles tight encounter|
|Al Kuwait 3 Persipura 2: Dramatic turnaround for defending champions|
|Al Qadsia 1 Al Hadd 1: Honours even in Kuwait City|
|Julio Cesar poised for Benfica after QPR release|
|Al Ain 2 Al Ittihad 0: Gyan strikes as Al Ain take first-leg lead|
|United agree Rojo deal|
|Vardy commits to Leicester|
|Hangeland ends Norway career|
|Let´s emulate the Brazil greats - Dunga|
|Dunga rings Brazil changes|
|UEFA Europa League Play-Off Preview: Inter, Villarreal hit the road|
|Lokeren v Hull City: Bruce set to rotate|
|Ha Noi T&T 0 Erbil 1: Radhi strike gives Iraqis first-leg advantage|
|AEL v Tottenham: Pochettino poised to make Euro bow|
|Pekerman signs new Colombia deal|
|Zubizarreta plays down Alves reports|
|Larsson targets more goal glory|
|Banega presented at Sevilla|
|Baptistao returns to Rayo|
|Zuculini seals Valencia loan move|
|Knee injury sidelines Schweinsteiger|
|Ideal start to title push - Terry|
|Ninh Binh 2 Kitchee 4: Visitors edge six-goal thriller|
|We will move on quickly, says Arfield|
|Conte aims to transform Italian fortunes|
|Redknapp eyes triple swoop|
|Conte dismisses Puma pressure|
|Barkley reports untrue - Martinez|
|Rossi a doubt for Serie A opener|
|Stjarnan v Inter: Icelandic minnows host Italian giants in Europa League play-off|
|My dream has come true - Suarez|
|I will not bite again, Suarez vows|
|Long happy with Southampton price-tag|
|Lambert slams disrespectful Koeman|
|Marin relishing Fiorentina loan|
|Everyone needs to chip in - Rodgers|
|Barcelona want fans´ pride - Luis Enrique|
|Popovic: Palace have not approached me|
|Rooney must work harder, says Hamann|
|Sigurdsson will be crucial - Williams|
|Prandelli sends best wishes to Conte|
|Cabella: I have more to offer|
|Brandao issues apology online before removing|
|Theophile-Catherine loaned to Saint-Etienne|
|Keller bemoans ´huge disappointment´|
|Hart to fight for spot|
|Costa hard done by - Mourinho|
|Liga del Futbol Profesional Boliviano Review: Blooming go top, The Strongest play out thriller|
|Rakitic keen to get to know Suarez|
|Rojo confirms United move|
|Argentine Primera Division Review: Racing Club, Velez Sarsfield stay perfect|
|Berg fires parting shot at UEFA|
|Mourinho hails calm Chelsea|
|Wenger: Play-off suits Arsenal|
|Sanchez swayed by Angel chat|
|DFB-Pokal Review: Schalke ousted, Hamburg scrape through|
|South Korea end Van Marwijk chase|
|Grinding win pleases Sturridge|
|Dyche upbeat despite Chelsea defeat|