Fifa 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Curacao progress under Kluivert

Patrick Kluivert
Kluivert was assistant to Dutch coach Louis van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup

Patrick Kluivert has led Curacao through the second round of Concacaf qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

The 38-year-old former Barcelona and Netherlands striker was named boss of the Caribbean island, where his mother is from, earlier this year.

They drew 1-1 with Cuba following a goalless first leg to progress on away goals in the North, Central America and Caribbean region.

Kluivert led his side past Montserrat in the first qualifying round.

Patrick Kluivert
Patrick Kluivert tweeted his delight after the game

Jamaica and Canada are potential third-round opponents for Curacao, who are ranked 144th in the world.

After that two-legged round, teams have to negotiate two group stages to qualify for Russia 2018.

In the other second qualifying round matches, St Vincent and Grenadines drew 4-4 with Guyana to progress on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate scoreline.

Antigua and Barbuda overturned a 3-1 deficit against St Lucia to progress 5-4 on aggregate.

Barbados added to their 2-0 first leg victory over Aruba by beating them 1-0 in the return tie to make it through.

Belize also eased into the next round with a 3-0 win over Dominican Republic, giving them a 5-1 aggregate score.

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