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Moore finds net again for Everton which shuts out Wimbledon 3-0.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
Willy Calderon (in London)
and Arne van Kalsbeek (in Amsterdam)

(Monday, February 7, 2000) -- American striker Joe-Max Moore scored his third goal since joining Everton and played 90 minutes for the first time as the Merseyside club overcame a stubborn Wimbledon defense yesterday afternoon to win 3-0.

All three goals came in an 11-minute spell in the second half. Moore's striking partner Kevin Campbell scored the other two.

The match opened with two controversial sequences. An opening Everton corner kick was bobbled by Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan and appeared to go over the goal line as Moore approached. The Scottish international smothered the ball on the line and the referee waved play on, denying Moore probable credit for a tally.

More controversy ensued in the eighth minute just inside the Wimbledon penalty area. Campbell gathered a ball at the top of the area and lobbed a pass to Moore who flicked the ball past the defense, only to be pushed to the ground without getting the benefit of a foul call.

The rest of the half continued to be physical with Moore getting booked in the 33d minute. In Everton's defensive end, former MLS defender Richard Gough cleared dangerous balls time after time. His presence in the back eased the pressure off keeper Thomas Myrhe, especially when Wimbledon began to push numbers forward at the beginning of the second half.

In the 53rd minute, Everton grabbed the lead 1-0 on Campbell's header.

Four minutes later, Moore sent a 20-yard header off a cross straight to Sullivan.

In the 61st minute, Campbell's netted another header for a 2-0 lead.

In the 64th minute, Don Hutchinson intercepted an errant pass from 35 yards out and volleyed directly to Campbell who drew defenders in the penalty area. He then sent a pass across the goal mouth to an open Moore who slotted the ball home from eight yards for a 3-0 advantage.

In Spain, United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller and Rayo Vallecano got back on track with a 1-0 victory over Celta Vigo.

A beautiful Jordi Ferron goal in the 26th minute gave Rayo its second single-goal victory of the season over Celta. Ferron, who had a superb match, came close to scoring again in the 41st, 48th and 51st minutes, and Rayo striker, Manuel Canabal, had a 65th minute goal disallowed for offside on what appeared to be an erroneous call.

Keller played a very strong match and preserved the triumph in the 70th minute when he dove brilliantly to his left to tip away Gustavo Lopez's well-hit drive.

Rayo remains in the middle of the Spanish first division in ninth place. Despite falling off from its sensational start, the newly-promoted Madrid club would be satisfied to finish the season in that position.

In Scotland, Glasgow Rangers had to overcome a one-goal deficit twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Hibernian in a thrilling league match. Once again, U.S. midfielder Claudio Reyna found himself sitting on the bench when the match began, again with Andrei Kanchelskis starting in right midfield.

The story of the match was Hibernian forward Kenny Miller who scored twice, weaving through the Rangers defense.

Rod Wallace's header tied the match at 1-1 for Rangers, bouncing a shot over Hibernian keeper Nick Colgan.

Reyna entered in the 70th minute mark, relieving Tony Vidmar in the defensive midfield, ready to mark any counterattack as Rangers sent numbers forward. The pressure paid off when Barry Ferguson took a pass from the back and ventured forward. He fed Neil McCann who blasted a left-footed shot that Colgan couldn't handle tying the score 2-2.

The draw gave Rangers a 10-point lead in the league table following a loss by Glasgow Celtic on Saturday.

In Germany, American midfielder Tony Sanneh did not play for Hertha Berlin in a 1-0 defeat of Rostock. U.S. midfielder Frankie Hedjuk did not appear in Bayer Leverkusen's 3-0 drubbing of MSV Duisburg. Both players continue to appear in reserve side matches.

In the Netherlands, Ajax played two matches last week. On Wednesday they drew 1-1 with Heerenveen and on Saturday they easily defeated Cambuur 3-1. American midfielder John O'Brien remained on the bench for Ajax in both matches. He warmed up in the second half on Saturday, but did not enter the game.

Ernie Stewart continues to play the first 70 minutes of NAC's matches in the Dutch second division. On Saturday he played 71 minutes as NAC defeated ADO-Den Haag 2-0. NAC is now tied for the Second Division lead and is on a path for promotion back to the first division next season.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com. Willy Calderon, an American living in Brighton, England, can be e-mailed at willy@netcity.co.uk.

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