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Man City, Cristiano Ronaldo top AP soccer poll

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm •  Published: May 6, 2014
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Manchester City is the team of the week in The Associated Press Global Soccer 10, edging Real Madrid by two points after beating Everton 3-2 in the English Premier League.

But it was a Madrid-dominated top 10 in the player poll Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo remained on top for the second straight week after taking his Champions League goal total to a record 16. He then salvaged what could be a valuable point for his team in the Spanish league title race with a 90th-minute tying goal against Valencia.

"Ronaldo's equalizer in injury time was simply wonderful," voter Aurelio Capaldi said, referring to the back-heeled volley. "But the way they destroyed Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal was amazing."

Ronaldo's teammate Sergio Ramos was second. The defender scored three goals in two games, including a pair against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. He received a point more than City striker Edin Dzeko, who scored twice in the win over Everton.

That result for City, coinciding with Liverpool's 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday, meant the Premier League title was City's to lose. City needs four points from its remaining two games to become champion.

"Two goals from Edin Dzeko have put Manchester City close to the title. It has been a great season for him after a difficult year under Mancini's tenure," panelist Alejandro Cisternas from Chile's El Mercurio said.

Atletico Madrid lost to Levante 2-0 but polled third for reaching the Champions League final with a 3-1 away win against Chelsea.

For winning a third straight Serie A, Juventus was fourth. Juventus clinched the title Sunday when Roma lost to Catania. Juve then celebrated at home Monday with a 1-0 win over Atalanta.

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