U.S. Abroad (March 30-31): Hannover celebrates promotion; rare start for Keller

Two Americans, Steve Cherundolo and Conor Casey, celebrated promotion to the German First Division when their Hannover 96 beat Schweinfurt, 6-0. The result makes it virtually impossible for Hannover not to finish in the top three of the Second Division. ItGs been 13 years since Hannover played at the top tier. Casey scored the third goal -- his 5th of the season -- before the home crowd of 41,519. Cherundolo played 90 minutes at right back. In France, Greg Vanney helped Bastia reach the French Cup final. ... In the German First Division, Tony SannehGs chances of staying in the First Division improved while those of Cory Gibbs worsened. ... In the Premiership, Blackburn lost to last-place Leicester, hurting Brad FriedelGs teamGs survival chances. Kasey Keller got a rare start for Tottenham, which tied 1-1 at Middleborough. ...


= Conor Casey (Hannover 96, D2) vs. Schweinfurt (6-0) Casey scored the third goal of the game - his 5th of the season since joining the club in on loan from Borussia Dortmund in October. = Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96, D2) vs. Schweinfurt (6-0) Cherundolo has signed a new contract with Hannover, which clinched a First Division spot for the 2002-2003 season, after weeks of acrimonious negotiations. He had already been under contract through 2003, but the club was adamant that he accept a longer-term contract. According to German press reports, he is now under contract through 2005. = Cory Gibbs (St. Pauli, D1) vs. 1860 Munich (2-4) DNP: Gibbs is recovering from a hamstring injury. The loss mires St. Pauli eight points out of safety from relegation. = Tony Sanneh (Nuremberg, D1) vs. Wolfsburg (3-0) Started: 90 minutes. The win keeps Nuremberg four points above the relegation zone with seven games left in the season. = Frank Hejduk (Bayer Leverkusen, D1) vs. Kaiserslautern (4-2) DNP. Bayer Leverkusen is in first place.


= John O'Brien (Ajax, D1) vs. Vitesse Arnhem (1-3) DNP. Injured. The loss, combined with Feyenoord tie, shrinks AjaxGs first-place lead to two points. Feyernoord has a game in hand. = Earnie Stewart (NAC Breda, D1) vs. De Graafschaap (1-0) DNP. The win was important for NACGs UEFA Cup hopes.


= David Regis (Metz, D1) -- no game. = Greg Vanney (Bastia, D1) vs. Sedan, 1-0. (French Cup semifinal) Started: Played entire game. Vanney will be going to the French Cup final thanks to the Bastia win on a Tony Vairelles goal in the 93rd minute in front of 11,460 fans in Corsica. Bastia has won the French Cup once, in 1981 o a 2-1 win over St. Etienne, which featured Michel Platini.


= Brad Friedel (Blackburn, PL) vs. Leicester (1-2) Started: 90 minutes. = Jeff Cassar (Bolton) vs. Aston Villa (3-2) DNP: The former Miami Fusion keeper, who signed with Bolton last week, was on the bench for Bolton while Kevin Poole minded the nets. = Kasey Keller (Tottenham, PL) vs. Middlesborough (1-1) Started: 90 minutes. Middlesbrough's Frenchman Franck Queudrue drilled a free kick under Keller in the 68th minute from 27 yards. The shot was described as punstoppableS by one British press report. = Claudio Reyna (Sunderland, PL) vs. Arsenal (0-3) Started: 90 minutes. = Jovan Kirovski (Crystal Palace, D1) vs. Norwich (1-2) Sub: Came on in 57th minute. = Gregg Berhalter (Crystal Palace, D1) vs. Norwich (1-2) DNP. Not on bench. = Joe-Max Moore (Everton, PL) vs. Newcastle (2-6) DNP = Eddie Lewis (Fulham, PL) vs. Southampton (1-1) DNP


= Jonny Walker (Universidad Catùlica, D1) vs. Temuco (3-3). Started: 90 minutes. Catolica played a man down for 59 minutes.
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