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Hernandez: Five matches to watch

Liga MX 48 minutes ago
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By ESPN Staff
Aug 12, 2006

Keller leads German team to win

BERLIN -- American goalkeeper Kasey Keller made a winning debut as captain of Borussia Moenchengladbach, leading his team past Energie Cottbus 2-0 Saturday in Bundesliga openers.

The 36-year-old Keller, starting his third season with the club, is one of the Bundesliga's top goalkeepers. He was selected captain by his teammates, the first time in his career he is a full-time captain.

Keller denied Cottbus one of its best chances, stopping Jiayi Shao from close range. The goalkeeper was backed by goals from Bo Svensson and Oliver Neuville to give Jupp Heynckes a successful debut as coach.

Keller is the only American to play in three top European Leagues after stints at Millwall, Leicester City, Spurs and Southampton in England and Rayo Vallecano in Spain. Keller lives with his wife and two children in a rented castle not far from the German-Dutch border.

Other Americans in the Bundesliga include Hannover defender Steve Cherundolo and Mainz forward Conor Casey.

Schalke, playing at home, tied Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1. Schalke went ahead on Halil Altintop's goal in the 31st minute before Ioannis Amanatidis scored on a header in the 72nd.

Hamburger SV tied Arminia Bielefeld 1-1. Christian Eigler put visiting Bielefeld ahead in the 32nd before Boubacar Sanogo struck in the 67th after outjumping two defenders to meet a free kick.

Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga favorite, opened with a 2-0 win Friday over Borussia Dortmund.

French league

PARIS -- French champion Lyon gave up a last-minute goal to Toulouse in a 1-1 home tie Saturday and dropped two points behind first-place Nancy in the French league.

Nancy beat Sedan 3-1 at home and leads Bordeaux on goal difference. Both teams have six points, followed by Lyon with four points.

Lyon, which welcomed back several national players from an extended break following the World Cup, took the lead in the 81st minute on a goal by Florent Malouda. Brazil's Fabinho scored during injury time for Toulouse, which is looking to sign France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez.

Nancy won behind goals from Benjamin Gavanon, Gaston Curbelo and Tosin Dosunmu. The three goals came in the last 12 minutes, after Gregory Pujol scored early for Sedan.