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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - Thomas Mueller
Bayern Munich has taken team of the week honors in The Associated Press global soccer poll for the fifth time this season. The team followed up its 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Champions League with a 4-0 rout at Hannover.
Bayern Munich has taken team of the week honors in The Associated Press global football poll for the fifth time this season after following up its 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Champions League with a 4-0 rout at Hannover.
Bayern Munich routed Hannover 4-0 away to increase its Bundesliga lead to 19 points and extend its league record unbeaten run to 47 games on Sunday.
Bayern Munich had little trouble winning at Arsenal for the second straight year and is on the verge of its third consecutive trip to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Second-half goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller gave holder Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal and a firm grip of their last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich overcame a difficult start to beat Nuremberg 2-0 in the Bavarian derby and restore its 13-point advantage in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Borussia Dortmund routed Werder Bremen 5-1.
League leader Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday as the Bundesliga resumed after a five-week winter break.
Bayern Munich's resounding victory over Borussia Dortmund gave it the top spot in The Associated Press' global soccer poll, and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero leads the player vote.
Giuseppe Rossi's hat trick for Fiorentina against Serie A champion Juventus earned him the top player vote in The Associated Press global soccer poll this week, while Roma remained first in the club rankings.
Bayern Munich is trying to downplay being the favorite.
Bayern Munich is approaching its third Champions League final in four years with the calm of a team fully in control after a season of dominance.
After dominating the first legs of their Champions League semifinals, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund lead the latest Associated Press global soccer poll.
Lionel Messi started for Barcelona despite injury worries but looked far from his best and was hardly a factor in the match. Barcelona had few chances, while Bayern used its size to outmuscle the Spanish side on set pieces.
Germany beat Denmark 2-1 and a Ronaldo-inspired Portugal beat the Netherlands by the same score in the final Group B matches at the European Championship on Sunday. The Germans and Portuguese are now in the last eight.
Germany beat Portugal 1-0 Saturday on the second day at the European Championship. Earlier, Denmark pulled off a shock 1-0 win over the Netherlands. Here is a running account of Saturday's play. All times are local to Poland.
Though the stakes are clear, Mueller says, "We won't let it drive us crazy."
He says the showdown Saturday against Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium is just "a normal Champion League game."