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Reyna, Rangers remain undefeated in Scotland.

(Saturday, August 28, 1999) -- American midfielder Claudio Reyna played the whole match, but in much more of a defensive posture than in recent weeks as in a more defensive posture than in recent weeks as Glasgow Rangers remained undefeated in Scottish league play defeating Hibernian, on the road in Edinburgh, 1-0.

Reyna received a yellow card in the 70th minute for an aggressive tackle.

The run of play actually favored Hibernian, who came close to scoring several times, and forced Rangers on the defensive for much of the afternoon. But a 69th minute strike from Rangers' Finnish substitute Jonathan Johansson, provided the day's only goal.

Three days after their successful, but draining, Champions League qualifier at Parma, Rangers could not muster much of an effort against the previously undefeated Hibs.

In the German Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen defeated VfB Stuttgart 2-1, on the road in Stuttgart. As has been the case over the last few Leverkusen matches, United States midfielder Frankie Hejduk came on late in the match, and Leverkusen scored the winning goal almost immediately after.

This time Hejduk was a 76th minute replacement for Bernd Schneider and a minute later Stefan Beinlich scored what proved to be the winner for Leverkusen.

In another Bundesliga match, American midfielder Tony Sanneh did not play in Hertha Berlin's 1-1 home draw with Werder Bremen.

In England, it would appear that Brad Friedel has regained the spot with Liverpool he held much of last season, first backup. He has now been on the bench for the past four Liverpool matches after returning from Confederations Cup duty with the U.S. national team.

It looks, however, as if Friedel will remain on the bench. Liverpool's $6.4 million summer signing, Dutchman Sander Westerveld, has settled into the starting role. Westerveld preserved Liverpool's hard fought 1-0 victory over Arsenal, Saturday, with a sensational penalty kick save two minutes into stoppage time.

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