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Reyna, Sanneh watch their clubs eliminated from national Cups in extra time.

(Thursday, December 2, 1999) -- There only good news for American midfielders Claudio Reyna and Tony Sanneh was they were sidelines, and therefore could not be held culpable last night when their clubs -- Glasgow Rangers and Hertha Berlin -- were eliminated from cup competitions in their respective countries.

In Scotland, Rangers were eliminated from the Scottish League Cup in extra time by Aberdeen 1-0 in overtime. A header by Andy Dow in the 117th minute ended Rangers hopes of repeating their treble of last year -- the Premier Division championship, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup.

Rangers expected little trouble in this match and played a team made up primarily of reserves. They had several early chances they squandered, but the match seemed headed for penalty kicks when Dow made his surprising strike.

Meanwhile, in Berlin, Hertha was shocked 2-1 in extra time by Second Division club FSV Mainz and eliminated in the third round of the German Cup. It was Mainz's second victory in a row over a First Division club, having beaten Hamburg in the second round.

Hertha, playing most of its regulars, seemed on the way to victory, when a goal by Michael Thurk in the 82d minute leveled for Mainz.

Then the visitors had a player ejected with a second yellow card and had to play the overtime a man down. But Brazilian Marcio Rodrigues hit the winner nine minutes into the extra period to give Mainz a memorable win.

Sanneh did not play for Hertha, recovering from a calf injury.

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