Reus, Liverpool top of AP soccer poll

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 10:37 am •  Published: April 15, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Marco Reus leads the player vote for the second time, after scoring three goals in games against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Liverpool's result against City on Sunday was its 10th consecutive win to remain atop the Premier League. It has three players making the top 10: Philippe Coutinho, who scored the winner, Raheem Sterling, who netted the opening goal and captain Steven Gerrard rank fourth, fifth and ninth, respectively.

"What a weekend for Liverpool," voter Julian Bennetts of Hayters news agency in England said. "The raw emotion at Anfield on Sunday was quite astonishing, as were the scenes after Brendan Rodgers' team beat Manchester City 3-2 in a quite pulsating game. Steven Gerrard shed tears, and we could expect many more over the next few weeks."

Reus scored both goals as Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the second leg of its Champions League tie, though the result was not enough to overturn the 3-0 loss in the first leg. The Germany attacker also scored in the 3-0 Bundesliga win against Bayern Munich. Dortmund polled third.

Spanish league leader and Champions League semifinalist Atletico Madrid was second to Liverpool by four points. Atletico maintained its position atop La Liga with a 2-0 away win against Getafe. Diego Costa, who secured the win with six minutes remaining, rated 10th.

"Many supporters from Atletico Madrid say, 'Yes, we can,'" panelist Orfeo Suarez of El Mundo in Spain said on whether Atletico could win both competitions. "After a great week with its victories over Barcelona and Getafe, Atletico arrives in the semifinal of the Champions League after 40 years, and is closer to the title in La Liga."

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