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Kaka upbeat about his return to national team

Associated Press Modified: October 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm •  Published: October 16, 2012

SAO PAULO (AP) — Kaka is hoping he played well enough in his return to the Brazilian national team to win back a regular spot in the squad in the future.

The Real Madrid playmaker took advantage of his new chance by playing well and scoring a goal in each of Brazil's friendlies played in the last week. Brazil beat Iraq 6-0 in Sweden last Thursday and got past Japan 4-0 on Tuesday in Poland.

Kaka hadn't played for Brazil since the team's elimination in the quarterfinals of 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"I liked the way I played," he said. "I feel like I contributed to the team in these two friendlies. I think I made the most of these two chances that I had and hopefully I'll get more opportunities for other matches in the future."

Kaka scored the fourth goal in Brazil's win over Japan. He made a run through the middle during a breakaway and cleared a defender just inside the area before sending a left-footed shot into the far corner. He also hit the post with a shot in the first half.

Kaka had scored a goal and set up another in the team's rout of Iraq last week.

"For me, these two matches were important," the 30-year-old Kaka said. "Having a sequence of matches like this helped me gain more rhythm. I think I added a lot to the team and I believe I can add even more in the future. I hope the coach liked what he saw."

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