Man City, Lewandowski top AP global soccer poll

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 11:00 am •  Published: May 13, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Manchester City tops The Associated Press global soccer poll after securing its second Premier League title in three seasons.

Robert Lewandowski won the player vote this week after scoring twice in Borussia Dortmund's 4-0 rout of Hertha Berlin. It marked Lewandowski's final appearance for the club ahead of his transfer to Bayern Munich.

City had four representatives in the top 10 of the player poll, including Vincent Kompany in second and Samir Nasri in third. Both scored in City's 2-0 win over West Ham on Sunday.

Yaya Toure was sixth after scoring in the win against Aston Villa in midweek, while Edin Dzeko is seventh after netting twice in the same game.

"The Citizens didn't flinch in the final week of the Premier League season, winning two games, scoring six goals and conceding none to secure their second title in three seasons," Marco Monteverde of News Corp. Australia said.

Fellow voter Cedric Rouquette of Eurosport in France gave special praise to Kompany, the City captain.

"His season has been monstrous," Rouquette said. "Beyond his level of play, it was a captain whose performance on Sunday gave life to what he has long claimed: his club is building a team identity and a soul."

Lewandowski was honored after making sure to finish his Dortmund career on a high.

"Robert Lewandowski showed his class and professionalism by saying goodbye to Dortmund with a top performance," Soren-Mikael Hansen of Politken in Denmark said.

Serie A winner Juventus was second behind City after its late 1-0 win against Roma meant it reached an Italian league record-point tally of 99. Pablo Osvaldo's stoppage-time winner helped him enter this week's poll in 10th.



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