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Bayern’s coach also is on the way out after the winning the title, and the German champions were even with United at 55 points in the poll.
“Though it was far from routine, Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win against Augsburg in their final home game of the season was a fitting sendoff for head coach Jupp Heynckes and a perfect way to usher in the celebrations of their 22nd Bundesliga title,” said James Thorogood of the Bundesliga.com website.
“Franck Ribery (ninth in the player poll) has played an integral part in Bayern’s record-breaking, title-winning season and was once again instrumental in their 3-0 win over Augsburg, leaving defenders for dead and providing two assists.”
The AP panel recognized some of the weekend’s hat-trick scorers.
Daniel Sturridge had all of Liverpool’s goals in a 3-1 victory over Fulham and was voted into second place behind Lampard. Branimir Hrgota squeezed into 10th place after giving Borussia Moenchengladbach a 4-2 win at Mainz with a hat trick.
There was a rare spot for a lower-league player. A crucial penalty kick save by Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia _ tied for 10th in the rankings _ against Leicester helped to secure his team a spot in the playoff final for promotion to the Premier League.
AP Global Soccer Rankings for the week ending May 13.
Based on 12 voters: 10 points for first, nine for second, etc. Previous rankings in parentheses.
1. Barcelona (6), 91 points.
2. Wigan, 59.
3. Chelsea (3), 56.
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