Netherlands ends Angola’s World Youth Cup run


BUENOS AIRES, Reuters

The Netherlands overcame their bad start to the World Youth Cup on Thursday as they beat Angola 2-0 to reach the last eight and end the Africans’ gallant run in the tournament.

In Thursday’s other second round games, Ghana overcame Ecuador by a single goal, Paraguay beat Ukraine 2-1 and the Czech Republic eliminated Costa Rica by the same scoreline.

The Dutch, who scraped into the second round as one of the best third-placed teams under former Barcelona coach Louis Van Gaal, overcame their opponents with two second half goals.

Ramahat Mustapha put them in front six minutes into the second half, but the Dutch had to wait until two minutes from time for Klaas Huntelaar to make the game safe with a second goal.

In Mendoza, Paraguay and Ukraine fought an evenly balanced match but good finishing made the difference for the South Americans.

Ukraine created several chances but Paraguay went ahead through Pedro Benitez after 19 minutes and Julio Gonzalez added a second two minutes before halftime.

Olekci Byelik grabbed a last minute consolation for the East Europeans.

Costa Rica, one of the revelations of the tournament, saw their dreams ended in Salta by Tomas Jun’s 71st minute winner for the Czech Republic.

Petr Musil put the Czechs ahead after 20 minutes but Erick Scott equalised eight minutes later.

A powerful 12th minute header by John Mensah, taking advantage of hesitant marking by the defense, was enough to give Ghana victory over Ecuador.