Real Madrid and Brazilian midfielder Kaka was controversially sent off as Brazil became the second side to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup with a comfortable 3-1 win over Ivory Coast in Group G.
Kaka, who was booked minutes earlier for pushing the Galatasaray midfielder Kader Keita, was red carded on 87 minutes after another minor collision with Keita.
The Ivory Coast player invoked memories of Rivaldo’s notorious piece of theatre during the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea when the former Brazil player was guilty of a similar piece of animation.
Keita feigned injury and collapsed holding his face when the Real Madrid player only brushed his chest with an elbow.
Kaka became the first Brazilian player to be sent off at the finals since Ronaldinho suffered a similar fate against England in 2002.
There is every chance Brazil will appeal the decision before their final group match against Portugal on Friday.