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Madrid 1st in AP football poll, Robben top player

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 4, 2014 at 10:49 am •  Published: March 4, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Real Madrid's 6-1 thrashing of Schalke followed by its 2-2 draw with La Liga title rival Atletico Madrid sent it to the top of this week's Associated Press global football poll.

Madrid edged Bayern Munich by three points to take team of the week honors for the second time this season.

It was even closer in the player poll, where Munich's Arjen Robben beat Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo by two votes.

Robben scored a hat trick in Bayern's 5-1 Bundesliga victory, also against Schalke, and runner-up Ronaldo managed a brace against Schalke in the Champions League.

"Bayern Munich have gone unbeaten for an incredible 48 Bundesliga games and don't just beat opponents: They hammer them," Richard Jolly of ESPN said.

Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sympathized with Schalke's tough week.

"What in the name of soccer did Schalke 04 have to do to get a schedule where it played Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in a span of four days? That's inhumane," Timmermann said. "And Schalke's in fourth place in the Bundesliga."

Manchester City was third in the team vote after coming from behind to win the League Cup final against Sunderland 3-1.

Yaya Toure, who levelled for City in the second half at Wembley with a curling long-range strike, was sixth in the poll, tied with Carlos Tevez.

Tevez led fourth-place Juventus to a 2-0 away win over AC Milan.

"It was impressive the way Carlos Tevez played this game: He was everywhere, showing a real fighting spirit, working hard for the team and scoring an amazing goal," panellist Aurelio Capldi of RAI Sport in Italy said. "He is now the Serie A top scorer."

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