Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

World Football Review

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

World Football Review

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Ten-man Democratic Republic of Congo crept into the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup despite losing 2-0 to Group B winners Cameroon.

Claude Leroy's side progressed on goal difference and will next face hosts Egypt. Group rivals Angola beat Togo 3-2.

But a lack of communication between officials allowed the game to kick off later than Angola's.

Two goals in three first-half minutes accounted for DR Congo.

A Geremi free-kick in the 31st minute put Cameroon ahead, then a Samuel Eto'o mis-kick went in off goalkeeper Pascal Kalemba.

Angola had needed to win by two clear goals. Amado Flavio put them ahead after nine minutes. Kader Coubadja levelled for Togo but his side were reduced to 10 men when Gouyazou Kassim was sent off on the half-hour mark.

Flavio's second should have put Angola on their way to a win but Togo equalised through Cherif Toure Mamam.

In Holland, Guus Hiddink guided his PSV Eindhoven back to the top of the Eredivisie.

Hiddink, heavily linked to the England national job after the World Cup, saw goals from Jefferson Farfan and Phillip Cocu gave a 2-0 win at ADO Den Haag.

PSV are three points clear of Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar, who were 4-1 winners at Roda JC on Friday.

Feyenoord yesterday cruised to a 4-0 success at Heracles with Salomon Kalou, Dirk Kuyt, Romeo Castelen and Patrick Paauwe scoring.

Ajax hit a new low with a 4-1 humbling at home to FC Utrecht. Adil Ramzi scored a hat-trick for the visitors and Robin Nelisse netted a penalty.

Markus Rosenberg notched Ajax's consolation.

In Spain, Barcelona marched on towards a second successive Primera Liga title with a 3-0 victory over an outclassed and outnumbered Real Mallorca.

Barca were always in control of this match, even if it needed the dismissal of Mallorca defender Eduardo Tuzzio and two late goals from Leo Messi for them to finally put the game to bed.

Goals from Luis Fabiano and former Tottenham striker Fredi Kanoute handed Sevilla a 2-0 win against fellow Champions League hopefuls Villarreal.

Valencia are second after hitting back to salvage a 2-2 draw from their home clash with Zaragoza. …

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