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Sanneh nets first goal in Hertha Berlin’s 1-1 draw with FC Schalke.

(Monday, November 1, 1999) -- American midfielder Tony Sanneh scored his first goal of the German Bundesliga season as his Hertha Berlin squad drew with FC Schalke 1-1 yesterday.

Hertha started a younger lineup as it rested several normal starters to be ready for their midweek, do or die, Champions League meeting with Chelsea.

Sanneh and midfielder Sebastian Deisler got Hertha off to a fast start in the third minute when they worked a give-and-go that put Sanneh in clear and he converted for the goal.

In Spain, the United States’ top goalkeeper Kasey Keller and his Rayo Vallecano roared back to the top of the Primera Division table with a 2-1 road win at Valladolid. Keller came up big on several occasions to keep Rayo in the match. He made several excellent early saves, but was powerless to prevent Victor Fernandez from tying the score with a magnificent right-footed flick into the left-hand corner in the 69th minute.

But Keller made a great save on Eusebio's curling direct free-kick three minutes later, managing to deflect it over the bar with his fingertips.

The victory was sealed for Rayo in sensational fashion. With only seven minutes remaining, Carlos Llorens raced into the Valladolid area and with a first-time effort lashed the ball left-footed into the roof of the net, sparking riotous scenes on the Rayo bench.

In France, American defender David Regis played the full 90 minutes in defense as his Metz team went down to defeat at the hands of Saint-Etienne 2-0.

Metz had worked its way up to six place in the French first division, but was outclassed in this road match. Good goalkeeping and solid defense kept Metz in the match until well into the second half when Brazilian ace Alex broke through to put Saint-Etienne ahead. It got an insurance goal a few minutes later to ice the match.

No other Americans played this weekend.

Finn Jonatan Johansson's three goals allowed Glasgow Rangers to hold onto first place in the Scottish first division with a 5-1 demolition of Aberdeen. American Claudio Reyna continues sidelined with a hamstring pull. It is doubtful he will see action midweek in Rangers critical Champions League meeting at Bayern Munich.

Defender John O'Brien was not in the lineup on Friday night as Ajax went down to defeat at the hands of visiting Roda JC 2-1. Roda scored the winner on an injury-time free kick by defender Mark Luypers. It was Ajax's first league loss of the season, and Roda's first win in Amsterdam in 21 years.

Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has finished serving his suspension for fighting, so it's back into the stands for American Brad Friedel. After playing four straight matches, Friedel was again relegated to a spectator's role as Liverpool defeated West Ham in a midweek match.

In Germany on Saturday, U.S. midfielder Frankie Hedjuk did not play in Bayer Leverkusen's 1-1 draw with 1860 München.

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