- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ST. JOHN’S, Montserrat (AP) - Former Netherlands forward and assistant coach Patrick Kluivert has made a winning start in World Cup qualifying as coach of Curacao.

The Caribbean island team advanced to the second qualifying round in CONCACAF for the 2018 tournament late Tuesday.

Curacao drew 2-2 in a second-leg match at Montserrat to win 4-3 on aggregate. Kluivert’s team won 2-1 on Saturday in Willemstad.

The first-round encounter was headed to extra time on Tuesday until former Netherlands Under-21 international Charlton Vicento scored in the 87th minute, five minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Curacao plays Cuba in the next round, on June 8 and 16.

Kluivert, whose mother is from Curacao, was a World Cup losing semifinalist in 1998 as a player, and last year as assistant to coach Louis van Gaal.


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