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Congo score surprise

The African entrants at the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup have made a solid start to the competition with Congo causing a major upset against one of the pre-tournament favourites Netherlands.

A goal after 53 minutes from Justalain Kounkou gave the Congolese a 1-0 victory in their opener on Saturday against the current European champions.

After weathering some incessant Dutch pressure in the first half, Congo’s counter-attack football finally paid dividends as Kounkou beat the offside trap to run 50 metres and score.

And they might have won by a greater margin after that as they turned on the style, but wasted a number of chances.

The Congolese now meet tournament hosts Mexico in their next fixture on Tuesday, with the Mexicans having dispatched North Korea 3-1 in their opener.

There was not such good news for Rwanda, though they did make England fight hard for their 2-0 victory in their first game played on Sunday.

It took until the 68th minute for England to make the breakthrough when Everton forward Hallam Hope scored, before Raheem Sterling added a second with four minutes left on the clock.

In fairness, England controlled much of the game but it was a fine fighting effort from the Rwandans. They now wait for their second fixture against Uruguay on Wednesday, with the South Americans having cruised to a 3-0 win in their opener against Canada.

Africa’s other entrants have yet to play. Burkina Faso start their campaign on Monday with a match against Central American side Panama, while Cote d’Ivoire are also in action as they take on Australia.

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