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Juventus, Domenico Berardi top AP soccer poll

  • Article by: JACK BEZANTS
  • Associated Press
  • January 14, 2014 - 12:30 PM

LONDON — Domenico Berardi led The Associated Press global soccer poll Tuesday after scoring all of Sassuolo's goals in a 4-3 victory against underachieving AC Milan.

The 19-year-old Berardi is on loan from Juventus, which topped the team poll for a second straight week and the third time this season. Sassuolo entered the poll for the first time in seventh place.

"Scoring four times against Milan, giving the very tiny Sassuolo a historic win, is worthy of the player of the week title for Berardi," Ubiratan Leal of trivela.com in Brazil said.

Juventus came from behind to win 4-1 at Cagliari and leads by Serie A eight points. Spain striker Fernando Llorente scored twice and was fourth this week with 59 votes.

"A record 11 wins in a row sounds impressive but it's even more so when you tote up the figures," Mark Rodden of Eurosport said. "Juventus has scored 30 goals and conceded just two during that run."

Luis Suarez dropped to second in the player vote despite scoring twice in Liverpool's 5-3 victory at Stoke. Liverpool was third in the team poll.

Manchester City was second after thrashing West Ham 6-0 in the first leg of the League Cup semifinals before winning 2-0 at Newcastle. Edin Dzeko was 10th in the player poll after scoring three goals over the two games while Alvaro Negredo was seventh, having followed a hat trick against West Ham by scoring the second against Newcastle.

"The Spanish striker has surpassed all expectations with Manchester City," Leonardo Bertozzi of ESPN Brazil said. "He must be a rival to Diego Costa for the starting place as striker in the Spain national team."

Arda Turan was sixth after an impressive performance against Barcelona. His Atletico Madrid club drew 0-0 with the team it shares first place with in La Liga.

Elsewhere, Adam Johnson of Sunderland was third after scoring a hat trick in his team's 4-1 away win over fellow relegation candidate Fulham. Eden Hazard was fifth after leading the way with a tremendous performance in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Hull to maintain its challenge for the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea was fifth with 63 points in the team poll. The English club was one point behind Real Madrid, Mourinho's former club Real Madrid. The Spanish power closed the gap on Atletico and Barcelona in La Liga to three points with a 1-0 win against Espanyol.

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AP Global Soccer 10 rankings, week ending Jan. 14

Players:

1. Domenico Berardi, 127 points.

2. Luis Suarez, 110.

3. Adam Johnson, 71.

4. Fernando Llorente, 59.

5. Eden Hazard, 54.

6. Arda Turan, 53.

7. Alvaro Negredo, 41.

8. Giovani dos Santos, 39.

9. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 30.

10. Edin Dzeko, 28.

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Teams:

1. Juventus, 126.

2. Manchester City, 102.

3. Liverpool, 67.

4. Real Madrid, 64.

5. Chelsea, 63.

6. Benfica, 59.

7. Sassuolo, 55.

8. Athletic Bilbao, 51.

9. Roma, 49.

10. Arsenal, 46.

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