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Sanneh is part of shocking Hertha Berlin upset of A.C. Milan; Hejduk is starter in Bayer Leverkusen loss.

(Wednesday, October 20, 1999) -- American Tony Sanneh was on the field at the end of Hertha Berlin's shocking 1-0 Champions League win over A.C. Milan. The midfielder came on for Dardai in the final minutes, and helped Hertha withstand tremendous pressure being applied by the desperate Italian visitors.

The victory, which is being called one of the biggest in Hertha's history, came before 75,000 crazed fans in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. It moves Hertha to the top of Group H, a point ahead of England's Chelsea.

Milan, now in third place, has a real chance of not qualifying for the next round. If, as expected, Hertha defeats Turkish side Galatasary, at home in Berlin next week, it will go through to the next round.

Glasgow Rangers are also looking like they will go through to the next round after drubbing Dutch side PSV Eindhoven 4-1 in Glasgow. The victory, along with Bayern Munich's disappointing 1-1 draw at Valencia, surprisingly moves Rangers into the lead of Group F with seven points to six for Valencia and Bayern. Rangers are now in much the same position as Hertha. A home victory next week against Valencia will likely move them through to the next round.

For Rangers, American midfielder Claudio Reyna continues hobbled with a hamstring injury. He did not dress for the A.C. Milan match, and likely will not be ready for the test against Valencia.

Meanwhile yesterday, another American mid Frankie Hedjjduk played the first 77 minutes in Bayer Leverkusen's 4-2 loss to Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine and assisted on Oliver Neuville's goal for Bayer in the 49th minute. However, the home side dominated the match.

Bayer had hoped to come away with at least a point and is now in second place in Group A, a point ahead of Kiev. Lazio has already wrapped up first place in the group. Bayer faces a tough assignment next week against Lazio on the road, but finishes at home on November 3 against Maribor which remains at the bottom of the group.

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