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Atletico Madrid, Godin top this week's AP poll

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 20, 2014 at 10:46 am •  Published: May 20, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Atletico Madrid took team of the week honors in the Associated Press global soccer 10 poll after winning the Spanish league for the first time since 1996.

Uruguay defender Diego Godin, who equalized for Atletico in the 1-1 draw at Barcelona, made it a double by leading the player vote. Godin was joined in the top 10 by teammate and midfielder Koke at seventh.

"Not only did Atletico hold off Barcelona and Real and never lost at home to win La Liga, they have also managed to reach the Champions League final against their derby rivals while operating on a far smaller budget," Shintaro Kano of Kyodo news agency said.

Atletico received 179 out of a possible 180 votes from the 18-man panel.

The voters also picked Bayern Munich's German Cup final victory for the domestic double ahead of Arsenal's comeback win in the FA Cup final to end a nine-year trophy drought.

Juventus was fourth for achieving a Serie A record for points, and Sevilla fifth for winning the Europa League.

Diego Simeone's Atletico will look to complete a double when it plays city rival Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon on Saturday.

Real prepared for that match with a 3-1 win over Espanyol, and polled eighth.

Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in the German Cup final, and Arjen Robben's opening score earned him fourth in the poll.

"A year on from delivering the crucial goal in the Champions League final, Arjen Robben did the same in the German Cup final," Richard Jolly of ESPN in England said.

Arsenal came from two goals down to win the FA Cup 3-2 against Hull on Saturday. Two scorers were in the top 10 in Aaron Ramsey (third), who scored the winner, and Santi Cazorla (ninth).

"Aaron Ramsey has been the hero for Arsenal time and again this season, and Saturday was no different," voter Julian Bennetts of Hayters news agency said. "Two goals down within eight minutes against Hull, he scored the winner as Arsenal ended their trophy drought in nervous, fraught fashion."

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